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Trio shine Nigeria’s torch abroad



Youngsters, Uche Nwofor, Ezekiel Imoh and Odion Ighalo were the heroes for Nigeria as they all scored for their respective clubs in Europe at the weekend.

Nwofor was the first to get off the mark on a fruitful weekend for Nigerians abroad as he helped VVV-Venlo win on the road in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Imoh is proving himself to be perhaps Nigeria’s best export this season as he scored his 13th goal of the campaign for Standard Liege in the Jupiler League.

Former Under-23 forward, Ighalo proved his love for the big stage as he scored for Granada against FC Barcelona’s superstars in La Liga.

Nigerians again continued to prove their mettle in the big leagues across Europe as supersport.com now rounds up all the action.

Belgium (Jupiler League)

OH Leuven 1 - 1 Beerschot AC (Den Dreef)

Derrick ‘Chuka’ Ogbu played the entire game for OH Leuven but failed to score at Den Dreef.

Chuka has scored six goals for Leuven this season in the league.

Cercle Brugge 0 - 1 Standard Liège (Jan Breydelstadion)

Imoh cannot stop scoring for Standard Liege and he duly netted his 13th goal of the season as Standard beat Cercle at Den Dreef.

Imoh scored after 16 minutes as his side secured maximum points to enhance their push for a Uefa Champions League ticket at the end of the season.

Michael Uchebo was on for Cercle and almost scored late on but his header went narrowly wide off the target.

England (FA Cup)

Chelsea 4-0 Brentford (Stamford Bridge)

Victor Moses was restored to the starting line-up following his participation at the 2013 Afcon.

He was substituted in the second half while his compatriot John Obi Mikel was not listed by the Chelsea interim manager, Rafa Benitez.

Everton 2-2 Oldham Athletic (Boundary Park)

Victor Anichebe was on from the start and scored after 24 minutes to help his side earn a 2-2 draw against the lower division club.

The effort was Anichebe’s seventh goal of the season.

France (Championnat)

Lille 2-0 Rennes (Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille)

Onyekachi Apam was an unused substitute for Rennes as Lille romped to a 2-0 win at home.

Montpelier 1-0 AS Nancy (Stade la Mosson, Montpellier)

John Utaka was on for all 90 minutes and helped the home side claim maximum points at the expense of AS Nancy.

Germany (Bundesliga)

FSV Mainz 2-2 Schalke 04 (Coface Arena)

Chinedu Obasi was not listed for Schalke 04 in the club’s 2-2 draw at the Coface Arena against Mainz.

Obasi has hardly featured for the Gelsenkirchen club since sealing a move from TSG Hoffeinheim.

Werder Bremen 2-3 SC Freiburg (Weserstadion, Bremen)

Joseph Akpala was thrown into the fray for Werder Bremen as an 81st minute substitute but his efforts proved futile as his side went down 2-3 at home to SC Freiburg.

Italy (Serie A)

Fiorentina 4-1 Inter Milan (Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence)

Joel Obi was not listed by the Inter trainer, Andrea Strammaccionni as the Nerrazzuri lost scandalously against Fiorentina.

Obi has endured a season blighted by injury and missed out on Nigeria’s successful 2013 Afcon triumph in South Africa as a result.

The Netherlands (Eredivisie)

Vitesse 2-0 Groningen (Gelredome, Arnhem)

Olufemi Ajilore was on for 90 minutes for Groningen in the club’s 0-2 reverse at Vitesse.

The former junior international received a yellow card in the game but the Groningen manager, Robert Maaskant still allowed him to finish the game.

NEC 1-2 VVV-Venlo (Goffert Stadion, Nijmegen)

Nwofor opened the scoring for Venlo in the 11th minute as he helped his side claim important points on the road.

The striker has been an impressive performer for the ‘Good Old’ this season netting six times in the 2012/13 campaign.

ADO Den Haag 2-0 Hereenveen (Kyocera Stadion, The Hague)

Kenneth Omeruo is yet to return to acton for Den Haag following his exertions at the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.

The youngster was not listed in the win against Hereenveen.

Scotland (Scottish Premier League)

Celtic 6-2 Dundee United (Celtic Park)

Efe Ambrose returned to form after his much publicised errors against Juventus in the Uefa Champions League last week with a well-taken goal for Celtic against Dundee United.

Kris Commons, his teammate who publicly criticised him last week also grabbed a brace in the game.

Spain (La Liga)

Granada 1-2 Barcelona (Nuevo Los Carmenes)

Ighalo scored a tap in for Granada in the 24th minute but Barca hit back through Lionel Messi’s whose brace after 50 and 73 minutes condemned the home side to their 12th defeat of the season.

Real Soceidad 1-1 Levante (Anoeta, San Sebastian)

Obafemi Martins played all 90 minutes for Levante this season.

Martins has scored seven goals for Levante this season and is the top scorer for his club.

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