Sone Aluko, Emmanuel Emenike, Brown Ideye and Ekigho Ehiosun all scored at the weekend for their European clubs
In Scotland, former Under-20 international Sone Aluko provided Rangers’ fans at Ibrox with a memorable goal in the Old Firm derby. Rangers, in dire financial straits will have been lifted by the quality of the goal. Aluko nutmegged a defender 30 yards out before charging in the box, beat two players as he cut inside, before he slid the ball past an onrushing Fraser Forster to help his team to a 3-2 win over their bitter rivals.
In England, Victor Moses earned the penalty that gave Wigan a shock lead at Anfield on Saturday but had to be taken off after 42 minutes. Wigan though held on to win 2-1 to give Moses’ side a realistic hope of escaping relegation.
Taye Taiwo scored his first goal on English soil via a free kick for Queens Park Rangers in the 78th of their encounter with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. But the goal was not enough as QPR lost 3-1. QPR are now third from bottom on the league with the reality of relegation staring vividly at the player on loan from AC Milan.
In Ukraine, Ideye Brown scored for Dynamo Kiev in their 1-0 away win over Illichivets in the Ukrainian league on Sunday. Ideye has now scored 10 goals in 21 games for the leaders of the league with 64 points, three ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk.
In Russia, Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring for Spartak Moscow in the 30th minute to help a derby day win over Dinamo Moscow away at Arena Khimki on Saturday. Spartak are fourth in the league, two points behind Ahmed Musa’s CSKA Moscow who are in second place with 64 points. That makes it nine goals for Emenike in 14 matches. Musa started the match for CSKA who lost at home to Moscow rivals, Locomotiv. Musa was replaced by Sekou Oliseh at the start of the second half.
In Turkey Ekigho Ehiosun continued his good season as he scored the two goals in Samsunspor’s 2-0 win over Mersin Idmanyurdu on Sunday to take his tally to seven goals in 28 appearances.