Nigerians Abroad: Igiebor scores first league goal as Haruna rescues Kiev with injury-time equaliser

The Nigeria international had been threatening a goal since the commencement of the season and duly obliged on Sunday against Villareal

Mikel Obi played only 45 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-1 away draw against Tottenham on Saturday. Mikel scored last weekend against Fulham but was sacrificed at the beginning of the second half as Chelsea chased an equalizer, which they got through John Terry in the 65th minute. Mikel had 88% pass accuracy from 37 touches on the ball. He also committed one foul.

Victor Anichebe and his West Brom teammates surprised many by beating reigning champions Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. Anichebe was a bother all afternoon to Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans. The Nigerian had 61% pass accuracy from 47 touches on the ball. He also committed one foul.

Victor Moses was also part of the Liverpool team that won 3-1 away at Sunderland to go up to second position. Moses played all 90 minutes as the Reds heaped further misery on the manager-less Black Cats on Sunday at the Stadium of Light.

Peter Odemwingie started his first league game for Cardiff City away to Fulham on Saturday and the newly promoted side won 2-1 to bolster their position on the league table. Odemwingie who scored his first Cardiff goal against West Ham in the English League Cup lasted 81 minutes before Craig Bellamy replaced him. Odemwingie had 80% pass accuracy from 53 touches of the ball. He successfully completed three dribbles and had two goal attempts.

Sone Aluko was also on for 90 minutes as Hull City gained a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday as the Tigers notched up a second consecutive league victory.  Aluko had another impressive afternoon, making 89% of his passes from 41 touches on the ball. He also put in some defensive work by committing two fouls though he had two attempts on goal.

Vincent Enyeama kept another clean sheet for Lille to make it six clean sheets in eight league appearances. Lille were held to a 0-0 draw away to Lyon on Saturday.

The Super Eagles number one made only one save in the match. Lille are now up to fourth in Ligue 1.


Imoh Ezekiel(pictured) scored his fourth league goal on Sunday as Standard Liege crushed Cercle Brugge 5-0 away. Ezekiel as is now his custom scored his side’s first goal in the ninth minute through an acrobatic scissor kick. Michy Batshuayi added two goals towards the end of the second half.

Standard Liege are flying at the moment with nine wins out of nine with just two goals conceded.

Michael Uchebo started the match for Cercle but was replaced in the 68th minute by Luis Van Eeno.


Brown Ideye saw a red card in the 51st minute for Dynamo Kiev in their 2-2 away draw with Vorskla. At the time of Ideye’s red card, Kiev were down 2-1.

Lukman Haruna was called off the bench in the 71st minute and got the much needed equaliser in the 91st minute. The Nigerian swiveled in the box and hit a left-footed half volley that crept in off the post to give his team a share of the points. Dynamo Kiev are fifth on the league table with 18 points from 11 matches.

Michael Babatunde played all 90 minutes for Volyn but could not add to his two league goals as they lost 2-0 away to Zorya. Volyn remain in 12th position.


John Utaka scored his second league goal and helped Sivasspor to a 4-2 away win over Elazigspor on Sunday. Utaka scored in the 17th minute to make it 2-0 to the away side and record his second league goal after his transfer from Montpellier.

Emmanuel Emenike came on as an 82nd minute substitute for Pierre Webo but the Nigerian’s wait for a league goal continues. Joseph Yobo is still absent due to an injury.

Bursaspor with Taye Taiwo were held 0-0 at home by Akhisar Belediyespor last Friday while Godfrey Oboabona continued his wait for his debut as his team, Caykur Rizespor held Galatasaray 1-1 to continue their impressive start to the season. Uche Kalu was not listed for the encounter.


Nosa Igiebor's first league goal was the winner on Sunday for Real Betis as they beat high-flying Villarreal 1-0. Igiebor scored the only goal of the encounter in the 36th minute when he shot past Guillermo Sara, after the goalkeeper had parried Joan Verdu’s shot.

Ikechukwu Uche started for the Yellow Submarine for the first time and was replaced in the 69th minute by Jeremy Perbet. Uche has scored one goal this season.

Uche had a left-footed shot attempt from a difficult angle which was saved in the 10th minute and two minutes afterwards, Igiebor had his first attempt at goal which missed the target.

Igiebor had another chance in the 49th minute but his shot from outside the box was blocked.

Villarreal are fourth with 14 points from seven games while Betis are up to 11th position with eight points.

Ramon Azeez made his second substitute appearance for Almeria as he came on for Soriano in the 62nd minute in their 2-0 home loss to Barcelona. The former U-21 captain had played just 17 minutes previously.


Izunna Uzochukwu scored for FC Midtjylland in their 1-1 away draw against OB Odense on Sunday. It was Uzochukwu’s first league goal in eight league appearances.

Midtjylland finished the match with four Nigerians on the pitch – Uzochukwu, Sylvester Igboun, Ebere Onuachu and Rilwan Hassan, who made his first appearance for the club.


Daniel Chima (pictured) scored for Molde in their 1-1 away draw to Haugesund on Sunday to record his eighth league goal in 23 appearances. Emmanuel Ekpo also played for Molde and received a yellow card in the 75th minute.

Aaron Olanare also scored for Sarpsborg 08 in their 2-1 home defeat to Rosenborg for whom Daniel Chima scored. Olanare scored in the 43rd minute while Chibuike equalized in the 72nd. Pal Andre Helland got the winner for Rosenborg in the 74th minute.

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