In a relatively juvenile start to the 2021/2022 football season, Nigerian players have started on a high, thereby hitting the ground running for their respective teams, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
The duo of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun started for Rangers against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. The sensational midfielder, Aribo opened the scoring in the 15th minute with an assist from Alfredo Morelos. However, his compatriot, Balogun was resilient in the heart of defence as they thrashed Ross County 4-2 away from home.
Taiwo Awoniyi was in action for Union Berlin, while Kevin Akpoguma was also featured for the home team, Hoffenheim. Akpoguma restored parity for his side via an assist from Angelo Stiller in the 14th minute having conceded four-minute earlier. Meanwhile, Awoniyi scored Union Berlin’s second goal two minutes into the second half. Awoniyi’s goal was his second Bundesliga goal in consecutive games for Union Berlin. He was replaced by A.Voglsammer in the 69th minute and the tie ended two goals apiece.
Chidera Ejuke showcased a blistering performance in CSKA Moscow’s 2-0 win over FK Akhmat in the Russian Premier League. Ejuke compounded the woes of the away side by doubling his team’s lead in the 75th minute. The forward was later subbed off for Baktiyor Zaynutdinov in the 88 minutes.
Frank Onyeka was dogged in Brentford’s midfield as they visited Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The midfielder was on the pitch for 70 minutes before he was replaced by Saman Ghoddos. No goal was registered in the encounter as the game ended in a stalemate.
25-year-old winger and forward Alex Iwobi made Rafael Benitez’s team in Everton’s game against Leeds United at the Elland Road. Iwobi’s attacking threat helped mount pressure on Marcelo Bielsa’s side on different occasions and was substituted for Andros Townsend in the 75th minute. The four goals thriller saw both sides share the spoils.
Still in the same championship, the trio of William Troost-Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo and Emmanuel Dennis tasted every minute of action for Watford against Brighton & Hove Albion. Dennis fired blank, while the presence of Ekong and Etebo could not help to muster a point as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Brighton at the American Express Community.
Former Kano Pillars player, Ahmed Musa had 90 minutes under his belt in Fatih Karagumruk’s tie against Rizespor in the Turkish League. Musa tormented the opponent’s defence with his dribbling skills and pace but fired blank. The game eventually ended goalless.
Maduka Okoye manned the goal post for Sparta Rotterdam as they welcomed Heracles at the Sparta Stadion in the Eredivisie. Okoye made a couple of saves and conceded one. His side also registered a goal as the clash ended one goal apiece.
In the Italian Serie A, Victor Osimhen was upfront for Napoli in their home game against Venezia. Osimhen’s time on the pitch was short as he was shown a red card in the 23rd minute for pushing one of his opponent’s during a corner kick. Meanwhile, Tyronne Ebuehi was also present for the away team. Ebuehi’s work rate defensively and going forward was superb, but it was not enough to salvage a point for his side, thus they lost 2-0.
Simy Nwankwo had some minutes under his belt for the newly-promoted side, Salernitana against Bologna. The striker replaced Milan Djuric in the 64th minute. Nwankwo’s attacking threats did not count for anything as he could not find the back of the net. Hence, they lost 3-2 away from home.
23-year-old winger, Samuel Kalu was also in action for Bordeaux in their home game against Angers. Kalu replaced Sekou Mara in 81st minutes. Kalu’s tricky movement and runs could not make a difference for his side as the tie ended 1-1.
Terem Moffi made Lorient’s team that played against Montpellier at the State de la Mosson. Moffi posed a threat a couple of times but failed to register a goal. He was substituted for T. Monconduit in the 62nd minute and his side lost 3-1 to Montpellier.
Moses Simon started for Nantes against Rennes. Simon could not make a significant difference for his side and was subbed off for Roli Pereira De Sa in the 46 minutes. Rennes clinched a slim 1-0 win at home.