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How Nigerian players fared in Europe over the weekend

With the kick-off several leagues across Europe, we resume our Stars Abroad column where we bring you updates on Nigerian players abroad.

In England

This week we start from England were the new 2018/2019 Premier League season kicked off on Friday, August 10.

Wilfred NdidiOn that Friday, Kelechi Iheanacho and his Super Eagles teammate Wilfred Ndidiplayed the whole 90 minutes as Leicester City lost 1-2 away at Manchester United.
playWilfred Ndidi played 90 minutes in Leicester City's 1-2 loss at Manchester City (Instagram/Wilfred Ndidi)

While Iheanacho didn’t impress, missing a couple of chances and was bullied by the Manchester United defence, Ndidi held his own and was impressive against the likes of Paul Pogba and Fred in midfield.Nigerian forward Victor Moses came on in the 81st-minute as Chelsea got a fine start with a 3-0 away win against Huddersfield Town.
Isaac Success also got some action in the Premier League as he played for 16 minutes in Watford’s 2-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Down in the lower tier, Oghenekaro Etebo played the final minutes for Stoke City who could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against Brentford.
English-Nigerian forward Eberechi Eze’s goal wasn’t enough for Queens Park Rangers who lost 1-2 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Luke Freeman and Eberechi EzeplayEberechi Eze netted for QPR in a Championship game (Queens Park Rangers)

Eze played the whole 90 minutes of the game.
His compatriot Bright Osayi-Samuel played the second 45 minutes of the game.

In Portugal

In Portugal, Alhassan Ibrahim played the whole 90 minutes as Nacional were beaten 4-2 away at Braga in the Primeira Liga.

In Belgium

In Belgium, Abdul Ajagun played 76 minutes for Kortrijk in their 0-3 loss away at Brugge in a Belgian Pro League game.
Denis Bonaventure managed 10 minutes of action for Brugge in the same game.
Former Flying Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi played 71 minutes for Gent in their 4-1 win over Waasland-Beveren
Super Eagles midfielder Uche Agbo played for 73 minutes as Standard Liege were held to a goalless draw at home by Cercle Brugge.

In the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, Nigerian defender Kingsley Ehizibue played 90 minutes as PEC Zwollewere beaten at home 3-2 by SC Heerenveen.

In Austria

Nigerian striker Bright Edomwonyi played 65 minutes in Austria Wien's 0-2 loss away at Austrian Bundesliga leaders Salzburg.

In Switzerland

Former MFM FC striker Stephen Odey played 60 minutes before he was subbed off in FC Zurich’s goalless home draw against ST. Gellen. Odey was taken off after a suspected injury.
Nigerian left-back Stanley Amuzie was a late substitute in Lugano’s 2-2 home draw against Grasshopper in the Swiss Super League.
Nigerian striker Blessing Chibuike Eleke played the whole 90 minutes for FC Luzern in their 3-2 home loss to Young Boys.

In Turkey

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru made his debut for Galatasaray, playing 84 minutes in their 3-1 away win at Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig.
Henry OnyekuruplayHenry Onyekuru was in action for Galatasaray over the weekend (Twitter/Henry Onyekuru)

One-time Kwara United midfielder Olanrewaju Kehinde played the final 11 minutes of that game for Ankaragucu.
Nigerian striker Aminu Umar was in action for 76 minutes as Rizespor were beaten 2-3 at home by Kasimpasa.
Samuel Eduok saw 59 minutes of action in the game.
Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong was on the scoresheet for Bursaspor in their 1-2 loss away to Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi played the whole 90 minutes but could not help Trabzonspor who were beaten 2-0 away at Istanbul Basaksehir.
Yeni Malatyaspor had Nigerian defender Sincere Seth on for 90 minutes in their 3-1 away at Goztepe.

In Scotland

Hearts stunned Scottish Premiership champions Celtic 1-0 with the help of Nigerian striker Uche Ikpeazu who set up the goal.
Former Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose played for the who 90 minutes for Hibernian who got a 1-1 draw away at St. Johnstone.
Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq made his league debut for Steven Gerrard-managed Rangers in their 2-0 win over St. Mirren.
Sadiq who is on loan from Rangers played just 13 minutes of the game.

In Norway

Nigerian player Matthew Ifeanyi played the whole 90 minutes for Lillestrom SK in their 0-2 away loss at Sarpsborg.
His compatriot Usman Mohammed could only manage four minutes of action for Sarpsborg.

In Croatia

Nigerian striker Ezekiel Henty continued his streak with a goal for NK Osijek in their 3-0 win over NS Istra in the Croatian First Football League.

In the Czech Republic

Kehinde Fatai played 58 minutes as Slavia Prague recorded a 1-0 away win at Mlada Boleslavin Czech First League.
Peter Olayinka was a 60th-minute substitute in Slavia Praha’s 1-0 away win over Mlada Boleslav.

In Finland

Former Super Eagles left-back Taye Taiwo was one for 90 minutes for Rops Rovaniemi in their 1-0 win over IFK Mariehamn in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

In Sweden

Nigerian left-back played the whole 90 minutes for Kalmer FF in their 0-2 away loss at Ostersunds.
Nigerian forward Moses Ogbu scored in IK Sirius 3-2 away win at IFK Goteborg in the Allsvenskan. That is the fourth goal for the 27-year-old.


Super Eagles defender Stephen Eze played the whole 90 minutes for Lokomotiv Plovdiv who got a comfortable 3-0 win at home against Vereya.

In China

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo played the whole 90 minutes and set up a goal for Changchun Yatai in their 3-2 win over Chinese Super League reigning champion Guangzhou Evergrande.

In Denmark

Paul Onuachu set up a goal for FC Midtjylland in their 3-0 win over Horsens in the Danish SuperLiga.

In Slovakia

Emeka Umeh grabbed an assist for AS Trencin in their 3-2 win over MSK Zilina in the Slovak Super Liga.
His compatriots Philip Azango and Abdul Musa Zubairu were also involved in the game for Trencin.
Young Nigerian forward Abdulrahman Taiwo netted in the 44th minute for FC Nitra in their 1-1 away draw at Slovan Bratislava.
It was his compatriot Rabiu Ibrahim that assisted him for the goal.
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