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EURO EAGLES: Aribo can't stop scoring as Victor Moses, Nwakaeme and Awoniyi continue AFCON push with goals

December 6th 2021, 11:34:09 am

Euro Eagles takes you through the performances of Nigerian players during the weekend in Europe

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There seems to be no stopping Joe Aribo at the moment after another goalscoring display in what was relatively a quiet weekend for Nigerian and Super Eagles

The Super Eagles star wasn't alone, the trio of Victor Moses, Anthony Nwakaeme and Taiwo Awoniyi all added to their respective tallies this season.

Rangers midfielder, Aribo, was at his impressive best on Saturday as he inspired the Gers to another win with a goal.

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The former Charlton Athletic man, who headlined the Euro Eagles last time, was involved in two of the goals as Rangers defeated Dundee United 3-0.

He opened the scoring with a deflected attempt on 36 minutes before forcing an own goal off Ryan Sweeney to double the lead in the second half.

It was his fifth goal of the season, taking his goal contribution to seven goals (5 goals, 2 assists) in 16 matches in the Scottish Premier League.

Alfredo Morelos completed the rout when he added a third 20 minutes from time as the defending champions held on to make it four wins in four under the new manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

In Russia, former Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses continued to impress for Spartak Moscow this season as he helped the team to a 2-1 victory over FK Akhmat.

Moses, who could be back with the Eagles ahead of the AFCON2021 early next year in Cameroon, scored the opening goal on 13 minutes.

It was the first goal of the season for the 2013 AFCON winner, who last 81 minutes in the game.

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Still in the Russian Premier League, dazzling winger, Chidera Ejuke's creativity was at a different level on Saturday for his club, CSKA Moscow.

Ejuke created the most chances (4), one of which was the brilliant assist that led to the match winning goal in a 0-1 win at Krylya Sovetov.

Picking the ball from the centre circle, the fleet and sweet-footed playmaker dribbled every Sovetov player who came his way before setting up teammate and super sub, Emil Bohinen to easily score the decisive winner 15 minutes from time.

He also made three key passes, completed the most dribbles (3), 89% of his passes and had 11 recoveries.

The 23-year-old has now scored four goals and assisted 2 in his last 10 matches for CSKA in the RPL.

For the disregarded and forgotten Anthony Nwakaeme, it was busy usual in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.

Nwakaeme simply continued from where he stopped as he scored one and assisted another for guide Trabzonspor to a 2-0 home win over Adana Demirspor.

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The 32-year-old has scored or assisted a goal in each of his last five matches (2 goals, 4 assists), taking his tally to six goals and six assists in 14 appearances.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Taiwo Awoniyi kicked off the weekend on a positive note courtesy of his ninth goal of the season in the Bundesliga.

Like his aforementioned compatriots, the 24-year-old opened the scoring for his modest club as they defeated RB Leipzig 2-1 at home.

It was his first league goal since November 20.

For Super Eagles English Premier League contingents, the weekend was one to forget. Emmanuel Dennis was caged at home for 90 minutes by Champions, Manchester City, who were 1-3 winners at Vicarage Road to take control of the league table.

At the Villa Park on Sunday, the trio fo Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman went, saw but failed to conquer their hosts, Aston Villa.

A brace from Ezri Konsa helped the Villians to a 2-1 win over Leicester City, with Ndidi the only Nigerian to play from start to finish.

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Lookman was on the pitch for 65 minutes while Iheanacho only saw four minutes after coming on late in the game.

Moses Simon was on the pitch for 81 minutes as Nantes defeated Terem Moffi, who played 82 minutes, and Lorient 0-1 away from home in France.

Simon has not scored or assisted a goal since November 7, while Moffi continued his goal draught which now stands at three months.

Venezia suffered a 3-4 loss at home to Hellas Verona after they were denied the industry and talent of David Okereke, who was subbed off as early as the seventh minute with an injury.

His compatriot at the club, Tyronne Ebuehi, was a second half substitute.

Paul Onuachu was silent for 72 minutes in Belgium as Genk held Mechelen to a 1-1 draw, while Cyriel Dessers was not amongst the goals as Feyenoord thrashed Fortuna Sittard 5-0 at home.

Dessers, as usual, was a substitute but not super this time, just as 18 minutes were not enough for Samuel Chukwueze to help Villarreal on Saturday.

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He came on for the last 18 minutes in their narrow 1-0 defeat to Saville.

Kelvin Akpoguma was on from start to finish as Hoffenheim picked all three points at home with a 3-2 win over Frankfurt.

Who was your Nigerian player of the week in Europe? Do let me know in the comments section.


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