Joe Aribo, Ashleigh Plumptre, and Asisat Oshoala were among the Nigerian footballers in action over the weekend, with mixed results across different leagues. Aribo played for Southampton in their 1-3 defeat away to Brighton, which sees them plow further down the Premier League table. Plumptre’s Leicester City fell 1-2 at home to West Ham United in the Women’s Super League, while Oshoala came off injured as Barcelona suffered their first league defeat in two years, losing 1-2 to Madrid in Spain.
Kenneth Omeruo put on a fine performance for Leganes in the Segunda Division, as they drew 1-1 with visiting Andorra. Victor Osimhen was also in action for Napoli in the Italian Serie A, as they humbled UEFA Champions League finalist Inter Milan 3-1. Ola Aina came off the bench to help Torino drag out a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.
Osayamen Osawe scored his second goal of the campaign for Rot-Weiß Erfurt in the German Regionalliga, securing a 2-2 draw at home to Chemie Leipzig. Terem Moffi had a quiet game as OGC Nice played out a goalless draw with Toulouse in the French Ligue 1. Bonke Innocent and Lorient fell to a disappointing 1-3 defeat against Lens on their home soil.
In the Feminine Division, Chiamaka Nnadozie made several crucial saves to inspire Paris FC to a 5-2 win over Soyaux, lifting them into the last UEFA Champions League qualifying spot. Yusif Otubanjo scored for the fourth consecutive match to power Pyunik to a convincing 2-0 victory over Lernayin Artsakh in Armenia.
Abdullahi Shuaibu got his 11th league goal of the season for Kapaz in their 1-3 home defeat against Neftchi Baku in the Azerbaijani Premyer Liga. Idris Nuradeen netted Smorgon’s only goal in their 1-3 loss to Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the Belarus Premier League.
Raphael Onyedika delivered a brilliant showing in midfield to help Club Brugge dent Antwerp’s title hopes with a fine 2-0 home win in the Belgian First Division A. Victor Boniface got the crucial goal for Union Saint Gilloise as they fought out a 1-1 draw away to title rivals Genk, who paraded both Tolu Arokodare and Yira Sor. Victor Olatunji bagged a brilliant brace to inspire Slovan Liberec to a crushing 4-0 win away at Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic. In the FNL, Adeleke Akinyemi was among the goalscorers in Karviná’s 3-0 victory over Slavia Praha II, making it six goals in his last four games.