Nigerians abroad: Olatunji bags brilliant brace, Akinyemi excellent, Boniface on target for USG

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.

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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.

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