Nigerians abroad: Two Super Eagles stars on target, Ejuke named man of the match
There was more football action across Europe’s domestic leagues on Sunday, and some Nigerian stars made their marks
Paul Onuachu was once again on target as Genk played a 1-1 draw against Royale Union Saint Gilloise in their Belgian Jupiler League clash at the Cegeka Arena on Sunday night.
Onuachu put the home side ahead from the spot in the 73rd minute after Theo Bogonda was fouled in the box. It was Onuachu’s third league goal in five matches this season.
Genk were on course for the three points until Deniz Undav popped up in the fifth minute of added time to earn a point for Union.
Onuachu was not the only Nigerian international to find the back of the net on Sunday. Forgotten Nigerian international Anthony Nwakaeme was also on target as Trabzonspor played out a 2-2 draw against Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig.
Galatasaray raced to a two-goal lead courtesy of an Emre Kilinc brace within the opening 33 minutes, but striker Andreas Cornelius halved the deficit for Trabzonspor shortly before the halftime whistle went off.
Nwakaeme then ensured a point for the home side with a strike two minutes after the hour mark. It’s his fourth goal in the Turkish top-flight this season.
Meanwhile, in France, Moses Simon had a brilliant game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Nantes from a 2-0 loss to Nice at the Beaujoire Stadium.
The former Levante winger made five key passes, but it was not enough as goals from Kasper Dolberg and Amine Gouiri sealed the three points for the away side.
In Italy, Ola Aina was a second-half substitute as Torino thrashed Joel Obi and Simy Nwakwo’s Salernitana at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
In Russia, Chidera Ejuke was named man of the match, but CSKA Moscow were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at home by Arsenal Tula.
🔝 Чидера Эджуке признан лучшим игроком матча #АрсеналЦСКА pic.twitter.com/hxrZ0kCJZV
— ПФК ЦСКА Москва (@pfc_cska) September 12, 2021
Meanwhile, Maduka Okoye failed to keep a clean sheet yet again, but Sparta Rotterdam secured their first win of the new Eredivisie season following a 3-1 win over Fortuna Sittard.
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