Musa, Iwobi, Arokoyo, Nwakaeme Celebrate Goals


CSKA Moscow of Russia attacker, Ahmed Musa led the roll call of Nigerian celebrants with goals across Europe last weekend; joined by Alex Iwobi at Arsenal of England, Anthony Nwakaeme at Hapeol Be’er Sheva of Israel and Gbenga Arokoyo at Kalmar FF of Sweden.

Leading the celebrations, Musa continued his fine form as he grabbed a brace for CSKA in their 6-0 spanking of Arsenal Tula.

Aaron Samuel Olanere, Fegor Ogude and Brian Idowu were in action for Amkar Perm as they kept their chances of beating the drop alive with a 2-0 win away at Ural.

In Sweden, Arokoyo was the hero for Swedish club, Kalmar FF as he came off the bench to net the winner in a 2-1 victory away at Dalkurd.

Kalmar struck first through Romarinho in the 20th minute but was pegged back four minutes later when Mohamed Buys Turay equalized as both teams went into the halftime break level.

Arokoyo was introduced at halftime for Viktor Elm and got the winner two minutes after the hour mark when he was set up by Herman Hallberg as they maintained their four-match unbeaten run.

Arokoyo was on for 45 minutes and had a game rating of 7.5, completing 95% of his passes, made 4 interceptions and one clearance, whilst compatriot Chima Akas continued to impress in Kalmar’s defence with a game rating of 7.3.

In England, Iwobi was on the score sheet, as Arsenal beat Burnley 5-0 to give departing manager, Arsene Wenger a befitting home send forth.

Kelechi Iheanacho saw 30 minutes of action as he came off the bench in Leicester City 2-0 loss at home to West Ham United.

Ola Aina was introduced after 8 minutes for injured Ondrej Mazuch as Hull City ended the season with a 1-1 draw away at Brentford.

Hope Akpan was on target for the second consecutive match when he grabbed the equalizer for Preston in their 2-1 at home to Burton Albion.

In Belgium, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, and Anderson Esiti all saw action but could not prevent Gent from going down 1-0 at home to RSC Charleroi, while Uche Agbo was in action for all 90 minutes as Standard Liege spanked KRC Gent 5-0.

Chuba Akpom scored his fifth goal since joining Sint-Truidense who fell 3-1 away at Eupen, whose former player, Henry Onyekuru returned to the bench for the first time in four months.

However, he did not play, as Anderlecht blew the title race open with a 2-0 win away at table-toppers Club Brugge, who Dennis Emmanuel featured for the final 20 minutes.

Joseph Akpala scored his 9th goal of the season as KV Oostende beat KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk 2-0 away from home, while Peter Olayinka netted his 10th league goal of the season.

Olayinka grabbed the winner in Zulte Waregem’s 2-1 win away at KV Kortrijk, who had Abduljeleel Ajagun on in the 48th minute but could not help his side to victory.

In Bulgaria, Musa Muhammed was in action for the entire match duration as Lokomotiv Plovdiv beat Slavia Sofia 3-1 in the first league of their Europa League qualification round, while Stephen Eze was on the bench after just returning from injury.

In China, Odion Jude Ighalo could not replicate his last week’s performance as Changchun Yatai lost 2-0 away at Jiangsu Suning.

John Mikel Obi put in a decent shift for Tianjin Teda in their 5-1 thumping of Guizhou Hengfeng.

In France, Chidozie Awaziem was in action for 76 minutes when Nantes lost 2-0 at home to Montpellier

In Holland, Fred Friday scored his 6th league goal of the campaign when Sparta Rotterdam fell 5-2 at home to Heracles Almelo.

In Italy, Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo (Simy) was in action for all 90 minutes as Crotone fell 2-1 away at Chievo Verona.

Joel Chukwuma Obi was not listed in Torino’s 2-2 draw away at Napoli as he continues to recover from injury.

In Israel, Anthony Nwakaeme scored his 10th league goal in Be’er Sheva 4-1 spanking of Beitar Jerusalem as they edged closer to their 5th league title.

In Norway, former junior international Matthew Ebiye was the hero for Lillestrom SK as he got the only goal in their 1-0 win at home to Sandefjord Football.

Charles Eze saw two minutes of action while Moses Ebiye was on the bench for the entire match duration.

Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim: The attacker got a brace for Kongsvinger as they played out a 3-3 draw away at Tromsdalen.

In Slovakia, Hillary Gong Chukwah and Philip Azango saw action for AS Trencin as they lost 2-1 at home to MSK Zelina.

In Spain, Oghenekaro Etebo was on for the entire match duration while Eziekiel was withdrawn after 61 minutes as already relegated Las Palmas lost 1-0 at home to Getafe.

Aide Brown Ideye was in action for 45 minutes but was withdrawn at half time in Malaga’s 3-0 loss at home to Alaves. Success Isaac was confined to the bench for the entire match duration.

In Turkey, Eddy Ogenyi Onazi was in action for 80 minutes while Kenneth Omeruo was given a rare rest when Kaimpasa annihilated 9-man Trabzonspor 5-2, with Samel Eduok seeing only two minutes of action.

Aminu Umar as on for the entire match duration when Osmanlispor forced Alanyaspor to a 1-1 draw away from home.

Also in Turkey, William Troost-Ekong and Mikel Ndubisi Agu failed to feature for the third consecutive match. Shehu however, continued to impress in the midfield but could not prevent 9-man Bursaspor from losing 2-1 away at Fernerbahce.


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