ADRIATIC DERBY HEROICS FOR CHIDOZIE AWAZIEM
Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem was the man of the match for Hajduk Split after scoring the only goal against Rijeka. He fired Hajduk Split into the lead in the 51st minute having benefited from a mix up in the Rijeka box to score his second goal of the season. Chidozie Awaziem’s goal in what was the Adriatic derby decided the game and gave Hajduk Split all three points away from home to climb up to second in the Croatian first division.
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Speaking after the game, he said ‘’This is an important victory for us. We had to get back on the winning track. Everyone did their best. I’m glad I scored, I dedicate the goal to the fans. The most important thing is that we won, three points are more important than who scored. We have to focus on Varaždin and hope for another victory’’
SEASON OPENERS FOR PAUL ONUACHU AND PETER OLAYINKA
Forgotten Super Eagles man Paul Onuachu ends 8-match drought after getting off the mark in Genk’s win on Saturday. In what was the seventh match of the season, Onuachu fired the equaliser for Genk to cancel out Fraser Hornby’s 3rd-minute opener. It was his first goal of the season, putting a halt to a run of eight (8) matches without a goal for Genk.
Peter Olayinka scored his first goal of the season to help Slavia Prague to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Liberec. The Super Eagles striker doubled his side’s lead in the 23rd minute after Aiham Ousou gave them the lead seven minutes earlier. On fire in the UEFA Europa Conference league with 2 goals and 1 assist so far this season, Olayinka will be delighted to break his deadlock in the Czech’s top flight this season.
ADEMOLA LOOKMAN CHARGES ATALANTA CLOSER TO SERIE A SUMMIT
Speaking in the post-match, Lookman reacted to the win over Fiorentina and Atalanta’s hunger for the three points. “It was a beautiful win, a great performance and we believed in it until the end. “I’m happy for my first goal in front of our fans, I’ve been waiting for it for a long time. I just want to see from match to match where we can go, I haven’t set myself any goals, I want to get as far as possible with Atalanta.”
The Super Eagles forward was the hero as Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio recorded a 1-0 victory against Fiorentina on Sunday. The victory puts Atalanta level on points with Napoli, but they sit second because of their inferior goal difference. Also, the victory ensures that Atalanta preserve their unbeaten run. They are the only teams that are yet to lose, alongside Napoli after eight games.
ALEX IWOBI’S BRILLIANT RUN CONTINUES
Iwobi has been somewhat reborn under the guidance of former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who has moved the Nigeria international into central midfield. Iwobi’s brilliant run of form continued this past weekend as he gets his third EPL assist of the season, setting up Dwight McNeil who drove the ball into the back of the net to give Everton the lead away at St. Mary.
JOE ARIBO URGE TEAM MATES TO LEARN FROM MISTAKES
Joe Aribo, scored for Southampton in their 2-1 loss at home to Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. After a goalless first half, Aribo broke the deadlock for Saints in the 49th minute rifling a shot into the far corner from inside the box to put his side ahead. Aribo’s goal was his second for Southampton, having scored in a 2-2 home draw with Leeds in August.
Aribo told the Southampton website: “The boys are really disappointed. Going a goal ahead, it’s really frustrating to concede so soon, and the boys are disappointed because we wanted to get a result today and that wasn’t the case. I was thinking about it earlier today, that we’ve been coming from behind, so to get a goal ahead was a good feeling. To concede so soon is bitterly frustrating, and me and the boys were really not happy about it. We need to go back to the drawing board, focus and learn from our mistakes.
SIX GOALS IN FIVE GAMES FOR JOSH MAJA
Josh Maja bagged his sixth goal of the season in Bordeaux’s 2-1 away win at Laval in the French Ligue 2. Maja has now played ten games in the league and is helping Bordeaux mount a title and promotion challenge. Bordeaux currently lead the log with 20 points, ahead of Tolu Arokodare’s Amiens in second place. They lead on goals difference. Maja represented the Super Eagles under former manager Gernot Rohr and the Franco-German coach would be pleased to see the Nigerian leading the goals for his former side as they aim for promotion at the first time of asking.
CHIDERA EJUKE ADDS ANOTHER ASSIST TO HIS TALLY
The Super Eagles star continued with his impressive displays at the Olympiastadion, and his contribution proved to be decisive as he supplied the assists for Dodi Lukebakio’s equalizer in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw against high flying Hoffenheim. Ejuke teed up Lukebakio with a beautiful pass, and the Belgian forward took his chance, sending the ball into the bottom left corner. Quick feet Ejuke completed five dribbles and made two key passes as Hertha created lots of chances in the second half. Hertha Berlin’s last three games have all ended in a draw with Chidera Ejuke providing an assist in all.
STEPHEN EZE’S MAN OF THE MATCH DISPLAY
Defender Stephen scored his first goal for Queen’s Park FC in Scotland as his man of the match display earned his side all three points in their narrow win at home to Raith Rovers this past weekend.
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The deadlock was broken in the 60th minute when Eze got his goal. Dom Thomas whipped over a corner from the right and Eze was perfectly placed to nod home from close range with the towering expectant father placing the ball under his jersey as part of his celebrations.