Soccernet.ng highlights some eye-catching displays from Nigerian footballers outside the country’s shores on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
Mixed fortunes for Nigerians in England
In a nail-biting Premier League clash, Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey were left devastated as a late goal by Bruno Fernandes secured a narrow 0-1 victory for Manchester United over Fulham.
Meanwhile, at the Gtech Community Stadium, Frank Onyeka’s crucial assist propelled Brentford to a thrilling 3-2 triumph over West Ham United.
In the FA Cup, Daniel Udoh was among the goals for Shrewsbury Town as they sent Colchester United out of the competition following a 3-2 win.
Paul Mukairu gave a good showing to help Reading advance to the next round of the FA Cup following a thrilling 3-2 victory over Milton Keynes Dons at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
Memorable moments in France, Germany, and beyond
Over in France, Flourish Sabastine made a stellar debut in the Feminine Division 1, while Rofiat Imuran also shone, aiding Stade de Reims to a commendable 0-2 away win against Bordeaux.
In the German Bundesliga, Victor Boniface displayed top-notch form, contributing two assists to Bayer Leverkusen’s exhilarating 2-3 victory over Kevin Akpoguma’s Hoffenheim.
Italy witnessed Atalanta’s disappointment as Ademola Lookman’s assist for the hosts’ consolation goal was not enough to prevent a 1-2 home loss against Inter Milan.
Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi was on the losing side as Salernitana fell to a 0-2 defeat to a Napoli side that had Victor Osimhen unavailable.
Triumphs and upsets marked across the European football landscape
Alhassan Yusuf delivered a solid performance in midfield as Royal Antwerp carved out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Tolu Arokodare’s KRC Genk in their Belgian Pro League clash.
Over in the Challenger Pro League, Taofeek Ismaheel opened the scoring for SK Beveren as they fought out a 2-2 draw with Lierse K.
In Hungary, Újpest’s early lead was shattered by Fehérvár’s late-game heroics, resulting in a crushing 2-1 defeat at the MOL Aréna Sóstó in Székesfehérvár.
Slovakia celebrated Philip Azango’s excellent feat as he secured his third goal in two league games to lead Spartak Trnava to a hard-earned 1-0 victory against Zlaté Moravce.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland, Samuel Kalu’s standout performance for Lausanne-Sport, which included a goal and an assist, led them to a convincing 3-1 win over Lugano.
Turkey saw the return of Paul Onuachu to goalscoring ways, with his early strike contributing to Trabzonspor’s stunning 2-3 away triumph over high-flying Fenerbahce.
Bright Osayi-Samuel featured for the hosts who had won all their games before playing against Trabzonspor.