How Nigerian footballers fared in Europe last weekend


Semi Ajayi, the Super Eagles defender, played 90 minutes to help West Brom beat Sheffield United and pick up their first win of the season in the Premier League.

For the EPL side, Ajayi, who was excellent at the back, held on to their lead to record their first win this season.

As Everton were unable to arrest their alarming slump in form on Saturday after Leeds United claimed a 1-0 win at Goodison Park, Alex Iwobi was on for 67 minutes.

Moses Simon returned to action as a half-time sub in Nantes’ 3-1 Olympic Marseille defeat in France’s Ligue 1, while Josh Maja helped Bordeaux in their 2-2 draw with PSG in the opening goal as his header rebounded in after hitting the post and the goalkeeper.

As his incredible season continued, Paul Onuachu added two goals to his tally.

In 14 matches for Genk, the lanky forward has now scored 12 goals and was very impressive in their 5-1 win at Cercle Brugge. But within 77 minutes, he was replaced by his compatriot, Cyriel Dessers.

Simy Nwankwo played 90 minutes s as Crotone fell to another narrow Serie A defeat, this time at Bologna. In Portugal, Zaidu Sanusi was in action for FC Porto in their narrow victory against his former side, Santa Clara. Taiwo Awoniyi won a penalty for FC Union Berlin in their entertaining Bundesliga draw with Eintracht Frankfurt while Frank Onyeka was impressive for FC Midtjylland in their goalless league draw in Denmar


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