Nigerian stars have been brilliant for their respective clubs in Europe this season, and it did not change on Sunday as the campaign reaches its business end
Terem Moffi stole the show after his hat trick helped Lorient to a 4-1 win over Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon.
Moffi, who will be hoping to make his Super Eagles debut next month, scored Lorient’s last three goals after Yoane Wissa had given them the lead.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing return for Samuel Kalu, who came on in the second half for Bordeaux. Les Girondins scored a consolation through Issouf Sissokho seven minutes from time.
In Belgium, Paul Onuachu could not add to his 31 goals this season, but he still played a crucial role as Genk beat Standard Liege to win the Belgian Cup.
Onuachu set up Theo Bongoda’s winner after Junya Ito had given Genk the lead. The former Midtjylland’s teammate Cyriel Dessers was an unused substitute.
In Spain, Samuel Chukwueze scored his third goal in four league games, but Villarreal suffered a 2-1 loss to Barcelona at the Estadio La Ceramica.
Chukwueze opened the scoring for Villarreal, but Antoine Griezmann’s brace turned the tie around for Ronald Koeman’s men.
Chukwueze was not the only Nigerian on target in Spain. His buddy Kelechi Nwakali scored for the third consecutive game, but Alcorcon’s survival hopes suffered a huge blow following a 2-1 loss at home to Kenneth Omeruo’s Leganes.
Nwakali put Alcorcon ahead from the penalty spot nine minutes into the game. But goals from Gaku Shibasaki and Jose Arnaiz secured the win for Leganes.
Meanwhile, Simy Nwankwo scored a brace for Crotone on Saturday to become Nigeria’s all-time top scorer in the Italian Serie A.
Olanrewaju Kayode also scored his ninth goal in all competitions and third league goal of the season in Sivasspor’s 1-1 draw against Denizlispor.