Nigerians in Europe: Mikel Obi wins fourth FA Cup title

The European season is almost over and Nigerian players are in the mix to get trophies and berths in continental competitions

In England, John Obi Mikel won his fourth FA Cup in six years on Saturday when Chelsea defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley.

Obi played all 90 minutes and offered adequate protection to his centre backs. He also started the move that led to Chelsea’s second goal from Didier Drogba. He fed Frank Lampard who in turn played in Drogba for the Ivorien’s record fourth goal in four finals of the FA Cup.

Obi will be hoping for the same success in the Champions League final that comes up on May 19. This was much better than the 2-0 loss suffered against Newcastle last Wednesday in which he clashed with Chieck Tiote, who had to be stretchered off the pitch.

Taye Taiwo played all 90 minutes as Queens Park Rangers moved a step closer to safety with a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

In neighbouring Scotland, former junior international, Rabiu Ibrahim was denied a dream full debut for Celtic when his goal-bound effort was tapped over the line by Gary Hooper who was offside. He came on in the 76th minute as Celtic beat St. Johnstone 1- 0 in the Scottish Premier League game.

In Russia, Emmanuel Emenike continued his good goal scoring form when he helped Spartak Moscow stun league leaders Zenit St. Petersburg 3-2. Emenike scored the equaliser on 84 minutes and Spartak scored the winning goal through Rafael Carioca in the 89th minute.

Spartak and Ahmed Musa’s CSKA are locked on 72 points apiece in a battle for second place and a berth in the lucrative Champions League. CSKA have a chance to move clear of Spartak if they beat Kuban' Krasnodar on Tuesday

In Italy, Joel Obi and Inter Milan helped stop city rivals AC Milan from winning the Scudetto. Obi came on for Freddy Guarin in the second half and helped stabilise the central midfield.

Inter under new coach, Andrea Stramaccioni, are trying to get a Europa League spot and will be visiting Lazio next week in the last game of the season.