League action returned over the weekend with Nigeria born stars caught in the thick of proceedings.
Soccernet Nigeria takes a trip round Europe and beyond to bring home details of the exploits of Nigeria stars for their respective clubs.
Alex Iwobi, Everton 1-1 Tottenham
It was not one of his better performances but Super Eagles playmaker Iwobi played the full 90 minutes for the Toffees who needed a late Tosun goal to force ten-man Spurs to a 1-1 draw.
Dele Alli opened the scoring for the visitors just past the hour mark but Heung-min received his marching orders ten minutes from time before To sun netted the crucial equalizer for the hosts at the dead.
Iwobi's error leading to Alli goal
Son horror's tackle
Cenk stoppage time leveller
— This Is 442 (@ForFoottyball) November 3, 2019
Bukayo Saka, Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Arsenal’s youngster Bukayo Saka was a second half substitute in Gunners 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton in a premiership match on Saturday at the Emirates stadium.
Saka was introduced into the match in the 73rd minute for Lucas Torreira but help the Gunners seal all three points as a Raul Jimenez goal canceled out a first half strike from Gabonese striker Emerick Aubameyang.
Wilfred Ndidi, Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
Midfield enforcer Wilfred Ndidi saw full action as Leicester City returned to third place in the Premier League seeing off Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy at Selhurst Park.
Ndidi was at his dominant best in the middle of the park, finishing the game against the Eagles with a game-high eight successful tackles to help the Foxes claim yet another clean sheet.
Wilfred Ndidi vs. Crystal Palace:
• most ball recoveries (10)
• most tackles won (8)
Absolute machine. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/H32NRRYn0J
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 3, 2019
Victor Osimhen, Marseille 2-1 Lille
The Super Eagles striker recovered quickly from the knock he pucked up in his last league game as he played the final 25 minutes against Marseille but he could not help Les Dogues avoid another away defeat.
After a goalless first half, Samson put the hosts ahead moments after the restart before a Magalhaes own goal with ten minutes left to play extended Marseille’s lead and rendered Soumaoro’s late goal for Lille a mere consolation.
Samuel Chukwueze, Villarreal 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
The Yellow Submarines were kept silent all game by a struggling Athletic Bilbao side’s and even when Samuel Chukwueze was introduced in the 63rd minute for Moreno, he still could not inspire the home side to beat a very dogged opponent.
William Troost-Ekong, Genoa 1-3 Udinese
Udinese finally arrested a run of poor results by hammering Genoa 3-1 with Troost-Ekong solid at the heart of the defence.
Pandev opened the scoring for the hosts but De Paul quickly leveled proceedings for the visitors before two goals in the last three minutes of the game from Sema and Lasagna secured maximum points for Udinese.
David Okereke, Club Brugge 3-0 Kortrijk
Nigeria forward David Okereke was on target in Club Brugge’s 3-0 home victory over Kortrijk in Saturday’s Belgian First Division A clash.
Okereke, 21, came from the bench in the 62nd minute to seal his side’s win after a Hans Vanaken’s brace had given Philippe Clement’s men a 2-0 halftime lead.
So far the Nigerian youngster’s strike made it three goals in his last three games for Brugge, who remain unbeaten in the current campaign, having picked up an impressive 33 points from a possible 39.
🇳🇬David Okereke continued his resurrection in the Belgian Jupiter League tonight with a ⚽ for Club Brugge.
• It was his 9th ⚽ of the season.
• He has now scored a ⚽ in each of his last 3 games for Brugge. pic.twitter.com/bhou2rfvkQ
— FAST TRACK 🇳🇬 (@FastTrackNaija) November 2, 2019
Joe Aribo, Rangers 3-0 Hearts
Super Eagles hero against Brazil, Aribo, entered the match with an hour gone and did his bit to ensure the Gers overcame the challenge of Hearts in the Scottish Cup encounter.
Helander on the stroke of halftime handed Steven Gerard’s men the lead before a second half brace from Morelos secured Rangers place in the finals.
Compatriot Sheyi Ojo started the game but was replaced by Defoe in the 82nd minute.
Daniel Akpeyi, Orlando Pirates 2-2 Kaiser Chiefs (AET)
Daniel Akpeyi saved two spot kicks as Kaizer Chiefs booked a place in the semi-final of the 2019 Telkom tournament by defeating Pirates 4-2 on penalties after scores stood at 2-2 at the end of extra time on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
— MOTSWANA (@LEPARA_7) November 2, 2019
Although the Nigerian goalkeeper’s net was breached in the 35th and 100th minutes, he proved his worth during the penalty shootouts to keep Kaizer Chiefs in the hunt for their first silverware of the season.