Nigerian players in Europe: European cups Roundup – Iheanacho sets a record in exemplary performance in Europe
European football has started and received little attention in Nigeria due to the tragedy which occurred on the 20th of October in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria where thousands of people watched in horror on the Instagram Live of popular DJ, DJ Switch as military men opened fire on unarmed peaceful protesters in the ongoing protest titled #EndSARS against a rogue unit of the Nigerian Police Force (SARS).
The only Nigerian whose team is involved in the Champions League this season is Odion Ighalo and he was on the bench all through the match as Manchester United recorded a surprise win away from home beating PSG 1-2, with goals from Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. Man United striker, Martial must have lost focus as he scored for PSG putting a well-placed header past De Gea.
Nigerians have always shown love for Ighalo and he reciprocated by lending his voice in the fight against Police Brutality in Nigeria.
Victor Osimhen starts for Napoli but was unable to get a goal for Napoli and was eventually taken off in the 66th minute with his team losing at home to AZ Alkmaar.
Rating – 6/10
Napoli 0 – 1 AZ Almaar
Kelechi Iheanacho puts in a man of the match performance for Leicester City as the flogged Zorya on Thursday night. Iheanacho ended the match with a goal and 2 assists becoming the first Nigerian-born player in history to assist two goals in a single Europa League match.
Rating – 9/10
Wilfried Ndidi is still not back for the Foxes.
Leicester 3 – 0 Zorya
Samuel Chukwueze had a good performance as Villarreal won at home in an 8-goal thriller. His runs were a thorn in the opposition’s defense.
Rating – 7/10
Villareal 5 – 3 Sivasspor
Kevin Akpoguma played the whole 90 minutes for Hoffenheim and was solid at the back as Hoffenheim won 2- 0 at home.
Rating – 8/10
Hoffenheim 2 – 0 Crvena Zvezda
Ramon Azeez was not in the squad as Granada won 1-2 away to PSV.