NIGERIAN STARS IN ACTION AS LEAGUE CUP LIT UP ENGLAND

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And here is a Footballlive.ng review of Nigerian players performance in the League cup.

At Anfield, In the biggest game of the night between two Premier League heavyweights, Liverpool and Chelsea. The Blues came from behind to beat the Reds 2-1 thanks to goals from Emerson and Eden Hazard after Daniel Sturridge had given the home team the lead in the encounter.

Former Nigeria international Victor Moses played all ninety minutes in his first start of the season under new coach, Mauricio Sarri. Former Chelsea boy Dominic Solanke watched proceedings from the bench as he was an unused substitute for the reds. The winger was however booked towards the end of the game.

At the Emirates Stadium, a strong performance from Unai Emery’s men saw them put 3 passed Brentford, with Alex Iwobi playing the full game. He laid the pass to Nacho Monreal that led to Welbeck and Arsenal’s second.

Two first half goals from Danny Welbeck and a late strike from Alexandre Lacazette saw the Gunners progress to the next round.

Former Dream Team VI invitee Moses Odubajo was named in the visitors starting line-up, his first competitive match since May 2016, and subbed off in the 64th minute.

Elsewhere, IN the game between Nottingham and Stoke City, Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo was not in the Stoke City team that lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest.

Forest opened the scoring through Ben Osborn in the 19th minute, Daryl Murphy and Joe Lolley got the other two before the 50th minute.

Stoke’s Benik Afobe pulled a goal back on the hour mark before Saido Berahino made it 3-2 with eight minutes remaining.

Isaac Success who appeared to have found form in the league cup scored for the second straight game in the League Cup but it was not enough, with Watford losing 4-2 on penalties to Tottenham Hotspur after both teams were tied 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes.

The Hornets number 10 had the ball in the net within a minute of the restart to hand his team the lead, Dele Alli leveled matters from the spot on 82 minutes, then Lamela made it 2-1 before Etienne Capoue’s late equalizer sent the game to penalties.

In the shootout, Success netted Watford’s first penalty. Italian-Nigerian striker Stefano Okaka is still recovering from a minor complaint and was not in the match day squad.

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