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Nigerian strikers scored over the weekend but could not help their teams to victories in league matches

ENGLAND

Victor Anichebe scored his fifth league goal of the league season against Aston Villa on Saturday but it was Marouane Fellaini who rescued Everton from a second home defeat of the season when he equalised for Everton in the 90th minute.

Anichebe scored in the 21st minute with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal to cancel out a second minute opener by Christian Benteke and he had other attempts to get more goals.

In the 10th minute, Brad Guzan had to save a fizzling right footed shot from the Nigerian from outside the box in the centre of the goal and three minutes later, his right footed shot from the centre of the box was blocked. Again in the 55th minute, another right footed attempt from outside the box was saved.

Anichebe went on to lay on the pass that gave Fellaini the chance to score Everton’s second goal in the 69th minute and the Nigerian finished the match with 71% pass accuracy from 33 touches. He also had four shots on target.

Hope Akpan started his first league match for Reading against Sunderland on Saturday after his heroics against Chelsea on Wednesday. The new recruit helped Reading beat Sunderland 2-1 to go two points clear of the relegation zone.

Peter Odemwingie was excused from West Brom’s 1-0 loss at home to Tottenham on Sunday as the Baggies think of an amicable solution to the quagmire after the Nigerian striker unsuccessfully failed to push a transfer to Queens Park Rangers in the last transfer window.
SPAIN

Obafemi Martins scored three minutes from the end of Levante's match on Saturday against Espanyol but it was scant consolation as Levante lost 3-2. Martins did not score for Levante throughout January as he was dropped from the Super Eagles team that are currently contesting the Africa Cup of Nations Cup tournament in South Africa.

Martins will hope that this will again open his goal scoring doors and help push his side into Europe again for next season.

The Nigerian scored in the 87th minute in a counter attack led by Barkero who laid the pass on for Martins to strike a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

He had 86% pass accuracy from 37 touches with a total of four shots. he also successfully completed two dribbles. Levante have dropped to the ninth position in the league with 33 points from 22 matches.

Odion Ighalo led the line for Granada as they pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Saturday. The Nigerian was a thorn in the flesh of the central defensive pairing of Raphael Varane and Sergio Garcia for all 90 minutes. Ighalo has scored just one goal all season.

FRANCE

John Utaka played all 90 minutes for Montpellier as they continued their surge up the Ligue 1 table with a 3-1 victory over Reims on Sunday.  The defending champions are in eighth position with 35 points, just three points behind Bordeaux, who are in fourth position with 15 matches to go in the 2012/13 season.

Utaka could not add to his five league goals but not because of wont of trying. He had a goal-bound header saved in the 35th minute and in the 45th minute; his right footed shot from outside the box was blocked. In the 70th' minute, his left footed shot from the left side of the box was also saved.

He had 68% pass accuracy from 41 touches and won 67% of his aerial duels. He also attempted three shots which were on target, made one successful dribble and completed two tackles.

Apam Onyekachi was absent in Rennes’ 2-2 away draw against Lorient. The defender is still out with a thigh muscle injury but is expected to resume training again on February 5, so he should be available for their match against Toulouse next Sunday. Onyekachi has played just seven league matches this season.

TURKEY

Michael Eneramo got the two goals that helped Sivasspor beat Fenerbahce 2-1 away at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadyumu on Sunday. The Nigerian international opened the scoring in the 12th minute and sealed the win with a 90th minute silencer to the home crowd.

Eneramo had not scored in the league since November 25, 2012 and his tally is now seven goals in 18 matches. He was the highest scoring Nigerian in Turkey last season with 15 goals.

Kalu Uche battled hard for Kasimpasa as they drew 0-0 with Elazigspor at home on Saturday. Uche has 10 goals in the league.

GERMANY

Sidney Sam came on for Simon Rolfes during the half time break in Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 loss at home to defending champions, Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Two minutes after coming on, Dortmund goalkeeper, Mitchell Langerakhad to be alert to save a rasping left footed shot from the right side of the box by Sam which was aimed at the bottom left corner of his goal.

Another save was required from Langerakhad from the Nigerian winger in the 61st minute as another left footed shot from outside the box was calmly gathered.

He made another attempt in the 72n minute but this time the shot was blocked. With Leverkusen looking for an equaliser, Sam provided an inch-perfect cross for Jens Hegeler in the 79th minute but the header flew wide. Sam has scored four goals this season in eight appearances.

Joseph Akpala saw one minute of action as he replaced Nils Petersen in the 90th minute of Werder Bremen’s 2-0 win over Hannover 96 on Saturday.

ITALY

Nigerian-born Switzerland international, Innocent Emeghara helped Siena defeat Inter Milan 3-1 on Sunday. The Milan team were without their Nigerian midfielder, Joel Obi, who has returned to the Nerazzuri after two months out with injury.

Emeghara, who played the lone striker role opened the scoring for the home team in the 21 minute but Antonio Cassano equalised a minute afterwards. Further goals from Alessio Sestu and Alessandro Rosina through a penalty ensured the homers picked up all three points.

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