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In Brenden Rodgers’ starting lineup, Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho failed to score for Leicester City in their 3-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old played fairly and was replaced by England striker Jamie Vardy in the 75th minute as the Foxes were unable to maintain their winning momentum following their 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspurs last Saturday at the King Power Stadium.

Wilfred Ndidi, a fellow countryman who was just getting over an injury that kept him out for weeks, was not used as a substitute.
Chuba Akpom (Middlesbrough)

Akpom continued his excellent form and scored a brace as Middlesbrough thrashed Queens Park Rangers 3-1 in the English Championship fixture played on Saturday at the Riverside Stadium.

Akpom scored the opener for Boro in the 64th minute, following an assist from Dan Barlaser and added the second goal 13 minutes later to take his tally to 20 goals in the English Championship.

The 27-year-old former Arsenal youth star played the entire duration of the game and got a yellow card in the 65th minute.

The win saw Middlesbrough move to within four points of Sheffield United as Michael Carrick’s side made it five wins in a row to continue their promotion chase.

Alex Iwobi (Everton)

Nigeria international Iwobi provided the assist for Seamus Coleman’s goal that gave the Toffees a 1-0 victory against Leeds United in a Premier League match at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The midfielder had a great game in the centre of the park with 62 touches, three key passes, three successful dribbles and five tackles.

The win lifted Everton out of the relegation zone as they bounced back from the Merseyside Derby defeat to Liverpool.

Onuachu, Aribo (Southampton)

New striker Paul Onuachu was in the starting line-up as Southampton earned a shock 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match played on Saturday.

Onuachu was impressive in the encounter as he helped his new team claim the crucial three points, before coming off for Sekou Mara in the second half.

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Compatriot Joe Aribao did not make Ruben Selles’ squad as the Nigerian midfielder was missing in action.

The win gave the Saints their first Premier League double against Chelsea in 35 years. They last achieved that feat courtesy of a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in 1988, a match in which a 17-year-old Alan Shearer made his league debut.

Dennis, Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest)

Emmanuel Dennis was an unused substitute for Nottingham Forest, who denied Manchester City the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League as Chris Woods’ late goal earned the Tricky Trees a 1-1 draw at the City Ground.

His compatriot, Taiwo Awoniyi was not listed for the game due to an injury.

Eze, Olise (Crystal Palace)

Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise, two Palace players of Nigerian descent, were in action in the 1-1 draw against Brentford on Saturday at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Eze came on for Olise in the 65th minute and had a good game, scoring the opener for the Glaziers to take his goals tally to four in 23 Premier League matches in the 2022/23 season.

Italy
Lookman, Ademola (Atalanta)

Atalanta lost a shocking Serie A match at home to visiting Lecce by a score of 2-1 on Sunday at the Gewiss Stadium with forward Lookman once more starting.

The international player from Nigeria played the entire time but failed to score as the Nerazzurri attempted to extend their winning streak following consecutive losses to Inter Milan and Sassuolo.

After 22 rounds of games, the victory raised Atalanta to fifth place on the standings.

In Serie A this year, Lookman has contributed six assists and 12 goals.

Tyler Ebuehi (Empoli)

Sunday’s Serie A match between Empoli and Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi in Firenze ended in a 1-1 draw, with defender Ebuehi starting for Empoli.
The 27-year-old Nigeria international had a good game and played for 90 minutes.

Ebuehi has so far managed 14 Serie A matches and registered one goal as Empoli sit in 10th position on the tablewith 30 points from 23 matches, one point above Juventus.

William Troost-Ekong (Salernitana)

Troost-Ekong was not in the squad for new club Salernitana, who suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Lazio on Sunday at the Stadio Arechi stadium.

The 29-year-old, who is nursing an injury, is expected to be out for two weeks.

Ehizibue, Success (Udinese)

Kingsley Ehizibue was in action for Udinese, who lost to Inter Milan 3-1 in a Serie A fixture played at the Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday.

The 27-year-old right-back played the entire duration of the game but could not stop the rampaging Nerazzurri side.

Also, Nigeria international Isaac Success came on from the bench but was less impressive as the 27-year-old striker continues to find his first league goal of the season after 22 matches.

Victor Osimhen (Napoli)

Osimhen set a new personal benchmark in goals scoring with a virtuoso display in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Sassuolo on Friday at Stadio Mapei – Citta del Tricolore.

Osimhen, making his 197th appearance for both club and country, scored his 100th career goal — 85 for club, 15 for Nigeria — in the 33rd minute to double Napoli’s lead after a wonderful solo effort from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia had shot the Naples-based club into the lead after 12 minutes as Napoli’s relentless charge to the Scudetto continues.

The goal was his 18th Serie A goal of the season in 19 games. Osimhen was replaced in the 83rd minute by Giovanni Simeone.

France

Simon Moses (Nantes)

Nantes lost 3-1 to Lens in their French Ligue 1 match on Sunday at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis stadium with Nigerian international Simon starting.

Marcus Coco replaced the former Levante forward in the 78th minute.

With 20 Ligue 1 appearances under his belt, the 27-year-old winger has five goals and two assists for the Canaries this year.

Balogun, Moffi (Nice, Reims)

Stade Reims was held to a scoreless draw by Nice, who on Saturday wore Terem Moffi at the Allianz Riviera, after Folarin Balogun missed a second-half penalty. Balogun had cleverly used his body to call Jean-Clair Todibo for a foul inside the box. The Arsenal loanee then got up to take the resultant penalty, but his effort was comfortably saved by Kasper Schmeichel, before he came off for Kaj Sierhuis in the 90th minute.
Nice new signing Moffi is still in search of his first goal for Les Aiglons. The striker had arguably the best chance of the game but made the wrong choice from close range, shooting, instead of feeding Khéphren Thuram, who was free in the middle.
Holland

Charles Bassey (Ajax)

As Dutch champions Ajax easily destroyed Sparta Rotterdam 4-0 at the Johan Cruyff ArenA on Sunday, Bassey entered the game from the bench to help his team earn its third victory in the Dutch Eredivisie under new manager John Heitinga.

The 23-year-old defender, who has made 19 league appearances and scored one goal, replaced Edson Alvarez in the 70th minute.

Belgium

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Donate Orban (Gent)

In KAA Gent’s 2-0 home victory over Oud-Heverlee Leuven in the Belgium Pro League match played at the Ghelamco Arena stadium on Sunday, sensational striker Orban received a starting position.
The 20-year-old was impressive and was on his way to scoring his third league goal when he received a yellow card in the 59th minute. He had joined the Belgian team in January from the Norwegian club Stabaek. In the 67th minute, he was replaced.

Spain

John Chukwueze (Villarreal)

Villarreal lost 4-2 to Mallorca at home on Saturday in a match played at the Estadi Mallorca Son Moix. Nigerian winger Chukwueze scored for Villarreal.

The 23-year-old gave the Yellow Submarine a point in the 50th minute, and he played until the 67th minute before being replaced by Alex Baena.

Chukwueze scored his second LaLiga goal in 21 appearances this season. When Villarreal defeated Valencia 2-1 in December of last year, the winger last scored.

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