The West Brom forward scored a brace against Sunderland while Montpellier have risen to the top of Ligue 1 due to Utaka’s strike
In-form Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie continued his fine scoring form as he grabbed two goals in West Browm’s 3-1 defeat of Sunderland on Saturday.
The Nigerian has now scored five goals in two matches with a total of eight goals in the English Premier League for the season.
Two headers at the beginning of each half and the forward, who is invited for Wednesday’s match between Nigeria and Rwanda, was looking good for another hat-trick before he was substituted by Shane Long.
Another invitee for the game in Kigali, Aiyegbeni Yakubu could not add to his 13 league goals at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City, where Blackburn lost 3-0.
In France, thanks to a late strike from former Nigeria international John Utaka, Montpellier won out 1-0 over a tough Bordeaux side and therefore leap to the top of the Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, who lost their grip on top spot following a 4-4 draw with Lyon.
Onyekachi Apam started his third game for Rennes, but got himself sent off for two yellow card offences in a minute during the first half. Lille took advantage but could not hold on as Rennes came back with a 90th minute equaliser to spare Apam's blushes.
Kalu Uche announced his return to the Primera Liga with an equalising goal in the 75th minute for Espanyol against Levante, though his team eventually lost 2-1. His brother, Ikechukwu, did not score after the two he earned last week as Granada lost away to Osasuna.
In Turkey, Samsunspor started with two Nigerian strikers, Ekigho Ehiosun and former youth international Simon Zenke but they lost 3-0 at home to Bursaspor. Zenke was substituted in the second half by Burkina Faso forward Aristide Bance.
In the Netherlands, former Under-20 forward Uche Nwofor scored the first goal and his fourth in the Eredivisie to help VVV Venlo to a 3-1 win over Heracles, though they still stay in 16th position in the 18-team league.