Nigerian football talents illuminated the global stage on Saturday showcasing their skills and contributing to enthralling encounters in various leagues.
Soccernet.ng highlights their most significant contributions here:
Belgium: Orban outstanding for Gent
Gent showcased a dominant performance in the First Division A, securing a resounding away victory against Cercle Brugge with a comprehensive scoreline of 4-0.
The standout player of the match was Gift Orban, who exhibited exceptional skill and determination, netting an impressive hat trick. Orban’s remarkable performance has firmly placed Gent as the favorites to secure a UEFA Conference League play-off ticket.
Meanwhile, in the Challenger Pro League, SK Beveren displayed their prowess with a convincing 4-1 win over Club Brugge II.
Taofeek Ismaheel showcased his creativity by assisting in SK Beveren’s third goal. Despite their commendable efforts, RWDM managed to clinch the promotion spot, denying SK Beveren the opportunity to advance.
Croatia: Hajduk Split triumphs with Awaziem’s goal
Chidozie Awaziem’s triumphant return to the top spot was marked by an impressive goal in Hajduk Split’s HNL gameweek 34 encounter against Osijek.
Awaziem’s contribution proved crucial as Hajduk Split secured a commanding victory with a comprehensive 3-0 scoreline.
Czech Republic: Nigerian stars in goalfest
Nigerian talents showcased their goal-scoring prowess in the Czech Republic, treating fans to an exhilarating goalfest.
In a match between Viktoria Plzen and Sigma Olomouc, 20-year-old Rafiu Durosinmi opened the scoring with his third goal of the campaign for Viktoria Plzen. However, Dele Israel played a pivotal role in Sigma Olomouc’s remarkable comeback, contributing to their impressive 3-1 victory.
In another thrilling encounter, Slovan Liberec demonstrated their dominance against České Budějovice in the playoff semifinal clash. Victor Olatunji’s contribution to Slovan Liberec’s commanding 4-0 win propelled them to a resounding 6-3 aggregate triumph.
On the other hand, Slavia Prague suffered a setback in their title aspirations as they fell to a 2-3 defeat against city rivals Sparta Prague. Despite the best efforts of defender Igoh Ogbu in the absence of Peter Olayinka, Slavia Prague couldn’t prevent the defeat.
In the lower division, Karvina emerged victorious with an impressive 3-0 away win over Dukla Praha, thanks to Adeleke Akinyemi’s remarkable hat trick.
This victory solidified Karvina’s position at the top of the table, leaving them four points clear of their nearest competitors with three league matches remaining.
England: Southampton’s EPL journey ends
In the Premier League, Southampton faced a disheartening 0-2 home defeat against Fulham, resulting in their relegation to the Championship after an admirable 12-year stay in the English top flight.
Paul Onuachu made his 11th appearance in the Premier League for Southampton, while Joe Aribo observed the match from the bench.
Meanwhile, Taiwo Awoniyi made a significant impact for Nottingham Forest, securing a crucial 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Awoniyi’s back-to-back brace played a vital role in Nottingham Forest’s commendable performance.
Germany: Akpoguma’s solid display not enough
Kevin Akpoguma displayed a commendable defensive performance for Hoffenheim, despite their unfortunate 2-1 defeat against Wolfsburg. Akpoguma’s efforts were notable, but they couldn’t prevent the team from suffering a loss.
Bundesliga, the match between Eintracht Braunschweig and Greuther Fürth ended in a 2-2 draw. Anthony Ujah opened the scoring for Eintracht Braunschweig, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess.
However, Dickson Abiama’s determined efforts led to a spirited comeback by Greuther Fürth, resulting in both teams sharing the points.
Portugal: Obiora shines as Chaves win
Nwankwo Obiora made a significant impact in Chaves’ Primeira Liga gameweek 32 fixture against Paços Ferreira. Obiora netted his first goal for Chaves, contributing to their commanding 2-0 home win.
Chaves displayed exceptional teamwork and determination, resulting in a well-deserved victory.
Kazakhstan: Nsungusi’s equalizer helps Atyrau soar
Effiong Nsungusi played a crucial role in Atyrau’s home league match against Shakhter Karagandy.
After facing an early setback, Nsungusi scored the vital equalizer, inspiring Atyrau’s impressive comeback and leading them to a 2-1 victory. Atyrau showcased resilience and determination, securing an important win.
Lithuania: Olugbogi ends goal drought
Aaron-Pamilerin Olugbogi proved his goal-scoring prowess as he ended his two-month goal drought with a stellar performance for Dainava.
Olugbogi’s brace contributed to Dainava’s comprehensive 5-0 victory over Riteriai. The team displayed exceptional attacking prowess and clinical finishing, resulting in a commanding win.
Spain: Oshoala shines, Ajibade nets late
Asisat Oshoala played a crucial role for Barcelona in their 3-0 victory over Athletic Club.
Oshoala’s presence on the field for the entire duration of the match added depth and quality to Barcelona’s attacking play. Her performance contributed significantly to the team’s impressive win.
In another thrilling match, Rasheedat Ajibade made an impact as a substitute for Atletico Madrid.
Ajibade scored a stoppage-time equalizer, salvaging a 1-1 draw against Villarreal. Her late heroics showcased her ability to make a difference even in challenging circumstances.
Samuel Chukwueze displayed exceptional skills for Villarreal as they dominated Athletic Bilbao with a resounding 5-1 victory at the Estadio de la Ceramica. Although Chukwueze didn’t find the back of the net himself, his contributions to Villarreal’s attacking play were evident throughout the match.
Slovakia: Taiwo’s double propels Spartak Trnava
Abdulrahman Taiwo continued his impressive goal-scoring form for Spartak Trnava, securing a double in their commanding 3-0 triumph away to Podbrezová.
Taiwo’s outstanding performance propelled Spartak Trnava to a convincing victory, and he has now scored four goals in his last five games across all competitions.
Sweden: Peter’s winner extends United Nordic’s winning streak
Nsima Peter proved to be the hero for United Nordic as he scored the winning goal in their 3-1 away victory over Sylvia. Peter’s goal sealed United Nordic’s fourth consecutive victory, highlighting their current winning form and his own goal-scoring ability.
Ukraine: Benito assists in Dinamo Kiev’ loss
Blessing ‘Benito’ Muyiwa showcased his creative abilities by providing an assist for Dinamo Kiev’s first goal in their disappointing 2-3 loss at home to Chornomorets.
Despite Muyiwa’s contribution, Dinamo Kiev couldn’t secure a favorable result, and the defeat will surely be a setback in their campaign.