Ighalo, Chukwueze, Azeez, Omeruo, Awazim In Action As Eagles Fly In Europe
By Amaechi Agbo
Search for them in England or Spain, the Super Eagles players were all over the stadiums on Friday though with varying results as the European Leagues gather momentum after months of hiatus occasioned by COVID-19, Bestchoicesports.com.ng reports
Former Super Eagles striker and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations king of goals, Odion Ighalo fired blank in England as Manchester United snapped a last minute equaliser against Tottenham in a Friday Night match.
In Spain, Samuel Chukwueze and Ramon Azeez were second half substitutes as Villareal recorded 1-0 win away at Granada.
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo came on in the 78th minute as replacement for Anthony Martial, but he was unable to score for the Red Devils as the match ended 1-1. Spurs took the lead in the 27th minute through Steven Bergwijn who benefited from a glorious pass from Serge Aurier.
Ole Solskjaer has encouraged Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo to start from where he stopped before the season was suspended. Odion Ighalo was in good form for Manchester United and was ready to soar before the Premier League was put on hold due to the serious issues affecting the whole world.
In La Liga, Super Eagles duo of Samuel Chukwueze and Ramon Azeez were introduced in the second half for their respective clubs in Villareal’s 1-0 win at Granada, to strengthen their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Chukwueze came on in the 65th minute for his 29th appearance for Villareal this season while Azeez was introduced on 61 minutes for his 19th outing.
Gerard Moreno was the hero for Villareal after scoring the only goal of the game in the 11th minute.
It was Villareal’s third consecutive win since football returned to Spain.
Villareal remain seventh on 47 points and are now just two points off fourth position which is the Champions League spot.
For Granada, they occupy ninth position on 42 points and Friday’s defeat was their first since February.
In another La liga clash, Super Eagles defenders, Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem were in as relegation threatened Mallorca and Leganes played out a 1-1
It was a return to playing time for Omeruo who was benched in Leganes’ 2-0 loss at Barcelona few days back.
Omeruo featured for 90 minutes while Awaziem was replaced in the 81st minute.
Mallorca thought they had done enough to secure all three points after Salva Sevilla gave them the lead on ninth minute.
But with three minutes left Oscar Rodriguez equalised to earn his side a share of the spoils.
The draw leaves Leganes bottom on 24 points in the league table three points away from safety.