Balogun, Saka scores, Omeruo, Success stars in Tuesday’s players round up


Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun made his 4th appearance of the English Premier League season for Brighton and Hove Albion in the team’s 3 – 1 win over Crystal Palace in a feisty London Derby that saw a red card and a total of five yellow cards.



The former Mainz of Germany central defender came on as a substitute for Pascal Gross in the 30th minute of the encounter after defender Shane Duffy was red carded for a headbutt on Palace’sPatrick Van Aanholt in the 28th minute. Leon Balogun’s first touch of the ball resulted in a goal that gave the home side a two goal lead in the 31st minute.


Nigerian forward Isaac Success failed to lift his team Watford on Tuesday as they lost at home to Premier League defending champion and top of the table inform Manchester City by 2 – 1.

The Nigerian was handed starting role by Coach Javi Gracia and was on for 75 minutes before being substituted for Andre Gray. Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the goals in the encounter.

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo played all 90 minutes for Spanish side Leganes as they beat Rayo Vallecano 1- 0 to qualify for the next round of the Copa Del Rey on a 3 – 2 aggregate on Tuesday.

The first leg played at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque ended in a 2 – 2 draw. Omeruo who started in a 5-man defensive set up received a yellow card in the 81st minute of the match.

In Italy Super Eagles striker Simeon Nwankwo fired blanks as Crotone fell away from home by 3 – 0 in the fourth round of the Copa Italia to Bologna.

Simy made way for Ante Budimir in the 66th minute while his 20-year-old countryman Orji Okonkwo who plays for Bologna came in as a substitute for Diego Falcinelli in the 75th minute

Bakuyo Saka played all 90 minutes in Arsenal’s U-21 English Football League trophy playoffs on Tuesday as the young gunners crashed out of the tournament losing 2 – 1 to home side Portsmouth. Saka score Arsenal’s only goal of the encounter in the 66th minute.


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