Eagles In Europe: Awoniyi, Aribo, Lookman, Onyekuru On Target, Iwobi, Ndidi, Iheanacho Shine In Defeats
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By Amaechi Agbo
There are indications that the 2022/2023 European Leagues season could be a successful one for Supper Eagles players who have started the new season in blistering fashion.
From English Premier League in England, Serie A in Italy, La Liga in Spain and Turkish League in Turkey, Eagles players shone like stars and grabbed the headlines with scintillating performances
Taking off from Premier League on Sunday, Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi scored a historic goal for his side Nottingham Forest in their 1-0 home win against West Ham United.
Awoniyi scored his first goal for his new club and his club’s first premier league goal for the season in added time of first half
Although he was subbed off in the 71st minute, he was a constant tormentor in West Ham’s backline
On Saturday, fellow compatriot, Joe Aribo scored his first goal for his new club, Southampton in their 2-2 comeback draw against Leeds United.
Aribo who joined the Saints from Rangers of Scotland came off the bench to score the first of their two goals in the draw at home
Still in England, Alex Iwobi put up a good show as Everton went down to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa at the Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Iwobi was in action for 90 minutes in the thrilling encounter. It is their second defeat in the league and a cause for Frank Lampard and his wads who escapade the drop last season.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi also were on the losing side on Saturday as Leicester City lost 4-2 to Arsenal at the Emirates.
In Italian Serie A, Ademola Lookman scored his first goal for his new club, Atalanta in their win against Sampdoria.
The winger left it late to score his debut goal for the club, coming off the bench in the second half to bag the club’s second goal in their 2-0 away win of Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A on Saturday.
The winger took the place of Luis Muriel on 63rd minute.
Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina played all 90 minutes as Torino defeated Monza 2-1 in Saturday’s night Serie A game.
The Nigerian international did not put any foot wrong as he was solid at the back for Torino
In Spanish La Liga which got underway this weekend, Samuel Chukwueze provided an assist in Villarreal’s 3-0 away win at Real Valladolid on Saturday night
Chukwueze took the place of Francis Coquelin in the 63rd minute.
The winger set up Alex Baena’s second goal of the game nine minutes from time.
Henry Onyekuru, Super Eagles winger, scored in second successive matches of the Turkish Super League, making it 2 out of 2.
The second week of Turkish Super League saw Adana Demirspor host Demir Sivasspor, winning the tough fight 3-0 at the new Adana Stadium.
Goals from Younes Belhanda in the 41st minute, Henry Onyekuru in the 51st minute and Akintola in the 70th minute sealed the home team the victory at full-time.