Eagles Abroad: Matchday Report (March 17, 2022)

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UECL. Iwobi scores in Everton’s Premier League victory over Newcastle. Read the report.

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Nigerian footballers in the diaspora did not disappoint on Thursday evening.

Dessers, Olayinka and Sor were all on target in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Alex Iwobi scored his second English Premier League goal of the season in Everton’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle.

Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Super Eagles left back, Zaidu Sanusi was in action for FC Porto in their 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw against French Ligue 1 side, Lyon.

The Portuguese league leaders unfortunately lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate, and bow out of this year’s competition.

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Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho & Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)

Super Eagles newboy, Ademola Lookman came off the bench to provide the assist for Wesley Fofana’s goal, from a corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho played all 90 mins and Wilfred Ndidi hobbled off with a knee ligament injury in the 60th minute of Leicester City’s 2-1 UEFA Europa Conference League defeat against Rennes.

The English Premier League side won the tie 2-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of the competition’s inaguaral season.

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Victor Bonfiace (FK Bodo/Glimt, Norway)

21-year old striker, Victor Boniface played the entirety of extra time as FK Bodo/Glimt earned a hard-fought 2-2 UEFA Europa Conference League draw at AZ Alkmaar.

The Norwegian champions won the tie 4-3 on aggregate and advance to the quarterfinals of this season’s competition.

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Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey & Joe Aribo (Rangers FC, Scotland)

The Super Eagles trio of Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey were all in action for Rangers during their 2-1 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

Leon Balogun played all 90 mins, making one tackle and seven clearances. Calvin Bassey also played the entire duration of the game at left back, with the 22-year old making one tackle and completing an interception. Joe Aribo played 68 mins.

The Scottish champions won the tie 2-4 on aggregate however, and secured their place in the quarterfinals of this season’s UEFA Europa League.

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Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord, The Netherlands)

Cyriel Dessers scored his fourth goal in four consecutive games to help the Dutch Eredivisie side to a 3-1 UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg victory over FK Partizan Belgrade.

They won the tie 8-3 on aggregate, advancing comfortably to the quarterfinals.

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Peter Olayinka & Yira Sor (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka captained the Czech champions in their UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg defeat vs LASK. The 26-year old opened the scoring on the night with an easy finish from inside the penalty area.

21-year old striker, Yira Sor was also in action. He scored one goal and assisted another as 9-man Slavia Prague advanced with a 5-7 aggregate victory.

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Alex Iwobi (Everton, England)

Big 17, Alex Iwobi scored a 99th minute winner to help Everton clinch a hard-fought 1-0 English Premier League victory over the Magpies.

The 25-year old played a beautiful one-two with Dominic Calver-Lewin in the Toffees’ attack, before finishing calmly past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

It is only Iwobi’s second league goal of the season, and it comes at a crucial time for Everton. This win helps them go three points clear of Watford in the relegation zone with two games in hand.

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Frank Lampard lauds Alex Iwobi’s monstrous performance

Frank Lampard believes that the 25-year-old has a lot of potential, and that all he needs to do now is put in the effort.

Frank Lampard lauds Alex Iwobi’s monstrous performance

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Lampard’s first Premier League victory with Everton came thanks to his (Iwobi) monstrous performance, and his manager has taken a shine to him.

Everton manager, Frank Lampard lauded Alex Iwobi’s performance after his team’s 3-0 win over Leeds United, and he believes the Super Eagles player has a lot of potential but needs to work hard.

Paul Onuachu scores on 100th appearance for Racing Genk

Iwobi made his first start for new manager Frank Lampard in last week’s 3-0 win over Leeds United. The Nigerian international put in a strong performance, guiding them to their first Premier League victory since December 6, 2021.

It was arguably also his best performance for Everton, as he has been below par since joining.

Nevertheless, Lampard believes that the 25-year-old has a lot of potential, and that all he needs to do now is put in the effort.

“He’s a quiet lad and a very talented player”, Lampard said ahead of their game against Southampton

“He feels it [confidence] from me, and the rest is up to him. He put it in and felt like he could run for another 90 minutes,” he added.

Everton meet Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday, and Iwobi will be hoping for another start with Demarai Gray still out injured.

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Alex Iwobi goal vs Wolves

Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season in Everton’s English Premier League match against Wolves. Watch the goal.

Alex Iwobi goal vs Wolves

Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season in Everton’s English Premier League match against Wolves.

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Alex Iwobi goal vs Huddersfield

Alex iwobi scored his first English Premier League goal of the season to open the scoring for Everton against Wolves. Watch the goal.

Alex Iwobi goal vs Huddersfield

Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season in Everton’s English EFL Cup second round tie against Huddersfield Town.

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Alex Iwobi goal vs Huddersfield

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Alex Iwobi goal vs Wolves

Alex iwobi scored his first English Premier League goal of the season to open the scoring for Everton against Wolves. Watch the goal.

Alex iwobi scored his first English Premier League goal of the season to open the scoring for Everton against Wolves.

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Alex Iwobi goal vs Wolves

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Weekend Review: How the Super Eagles fared in Europe

Paul Onuachu once again hit a brace, a consecutive display in two matches. Zaidu Sanusi with yet another compelling performance for FC Porto.

Paul Onuachu once again hit a brace, a consecutive display in two matches. He is on the brink of breaking Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s 16 league goal haul in Everton and by fair standards, the most consistent African striker in Europe at the moment (special mention to Moses Ogbu of Mjallby AIF). Zaidu Sanusi took on from where he left with yet another compelling performance. Onuachu, Sanusi and Leon’s clubs assumes nadir of their respective leagues while Simon’s Crotone plunges deeper.

BALOGUN RIDES TRIUMPHANTLY IN DEFENCE FOR GERRARD’S RANGERS

Leon Balogun
Leon Balogun

Six clean sheets, including a 4–0 thumping of Ross Country has seen Leon Balogun become increasingly involved in defence for Rangers. Averaging 63.7 touches and 1.4 interceptions per game. Since moving to Scotland, Leon Balogun has undeniably been an integral part to Rangers scaling as high as 13 points ahead of their closest rivals, Celtic. Unbeaten this season, they look glowingly to fasten the hegemony of Celtic having acquired 44 points in 16 matches.

Full Time: Ross Country 0 vs Rangers 4

WHO CAN STOP PAUL ONUACHU ?

Paul Onuachu
Paul Onuachu

If we deem Paul Onuachu the most consistent African player in Europe this season, it wouldn’t be exaggerative. Perhaps behind Mohamed Salah, however, his performances may even place him on a higher pedestal. He has scored 14 goals in 15 matches so far this league season, including 5 goals in the last 3 games. Against Antwerp, Onuachu’s intermittent strikes in the space of 4 minutes, at first overturned a deficit while the second strike in the 23rd minute gave his side a 2-1 lead. His double efforts would set the pace for subsequent goals as compatriot, Cyril Dessers perfectly stamped the victory with a sublime finish in the 88th minute. With Genk on the zenith of the log and Paul Onuachu topping the scorers chart, it seems a necessary reunion of the Nigerian will suffice in forthcoming national duties.

Full Time: KRC Genk 4 v 2 Royal Antwerp FC

CLUB BRUGGE MUST BE MORE EMPHATIC TO TRUMP KRC GENK

A point adrift of KRC Genk means any attempt of winning the league might be jaundiced, but possibilities of winning the league are mathematically verifiable and should not be ruled out. Emmanuel Dennis played 56 mins in their draw against Sint-Truidense VV with his substitute  and  compatriot, David Okereke scoring in the 58th minute. Emmanuel has not been particularly impressive, resulting in an oscillation between playing partly and being benched. It is essential that he starts regularly if he still adores christening the Nigerian shirt.

Sint-Truidense 0 vs Club Brugge 1

ZAIDU SANSUI IS SLOWLY EVOLVING TO WORLD CLASS STATUS

Zaidu Sanusi
Zaidu Sanusi

What is demanded of defenders, modern wing backs, specifically are less of defensive responsibilities than offensive push. The ability to string both seamlessly further inscribes an impression on a player’s work ethic, positional nous and tactical discipline. Thus, it separates the average from the best. Both in the UCL and the Primera Liga, 23-year old Super Eagles defender, Zaidu Sanusi displayed defensive attributes of the Brazilian Maicon as well as roving between the spaces like a swarming bee, reminiscent of prime Dani Alves. It wasn’t a coincidence that he had 107 touches, the most by any Porto defender, including a goal to conclude an aesthetically pleasing performance. Should he be consistent, as shown lately, Zaidu might be gradually evolving to a desirable status — world class wouldn’t be an overstatement.

Porto 4 vs Tondela 2

ALEX IWOBI’S NOVEL POSITION SEES HIM EXCEL

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

It was at first against Fulham, when Ancelloti experimented Iwobi as a RWB in a 3–4–3 formation. Subsequent matches saw him in similar positions as the one against Burnley on Saturday. Held to a nought, Iwobi was on an individual note, sumptuously brilliant. He looked bright in attack and totally commanded his space. The midfielder’s versatility repertoire is indeed an advantage to the demands of the modern game.

Full Time: Burnley 1 vs Everton 1

Meanwhile, in other matches Simy’s Crotone and Moses Simon’s Nantes slumped to devastating defeats. Etebo was a 10-minute substitute in Galatasaray’s win against Hatayspor. Same also featured in Spain as Chukwueze could only play 45minutes.

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Weekend Review: Talking points on Super Eagles in Europe.

Another game week brought novel dimensions with regards to Nigerian Players. Paul Onuachu continued his goal-reverberating form.

Another game week brought novel dimensions with regards to Nigerian Players. Paul Onuachu, being central, continued his goal-reverberating form as he walloped two past Cercle Brugge. Alex Iwobi’s Everton fell disappointingly to Leeds, while troubles hound up for Simeon Nwankwo’s Crotone as the fight against relegation beckons.

Onuachu continues to defy available excuses for absence in national team set up.

Before the eightieth minute against Cercle Brugge, Nigerian forward, Paul Onuachu had already inflicted the damage, a clinical one meticulously executed to catapult as high on top scorers rankings. Having netted a brace, Paul added yet, another statement about a necessary inclusion in the national set up. He has unfortunately been victimized by tactical excuses, perhaps as a result of an odd characteristics, which ironically should be an advantage. With 12 goals in 14 matches, it dawns that Paul might set a horizon for a tactical change that must compulsorily suit his style.

Paul Onuachu
Paul Onuachu

Full Time: Cercle Brugge 1 vs KRC Genk 5

Zaidu Sanusi’s impressive performances enough to cement first team status.

Riding on a goal-scoring effort in the UEFA Champions League last week, Sanusi capped a personally successful week in style. He formed a solid partnership with Malang Sarr in the 1 nil weekend win and made three decisive clearances. it seems Zaidu wouldn’t let anything past him, not even a whiff of air.

Zaidu Sanusi celebrates his goal for FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League match against Olympique de Marseille
Zaidu Sanusi celebrates his goal for FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League match against Olympique de Marseille

Santa Clara 0 vs Porto 1

Iwobi continues a search for tactical identity as distraught results drowns Crotone.

Iwobi’s Everton and Simeon Nwakwo’s Crotone saw respective regressions in results. Everton lost to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, further accentuating any attempt of providing a Leicester-esque model of winning the English Premier League title. Everton failed to replicate the brilliant performance against Fulham the last weekend as Iwobi played only 45 minutes. Meanwhile, Crotone continue to struggle in the Italian Serie A, as they remain winless after 9 games.

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

Bologna 1 vs Crotone 0, Everton 0 vs leeds 1

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Alex Iwobi Assist (James Rodriguez goal vs Brighton)

Alex Iwobi came off the bench to provide the assist for James Rodriguez’ first goal in Everton’s [4-2] Premier League win vs Brighton.

Alex Iwobi came off the bench to provide the assist for James Rodriguez’ first goal in Everton’s [4-2] Premier League win vs Brighton.

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James Rodriguez goal vs Brighton (Alex Iwobi assist)

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Alex Iwobi goal vs Fleetwood Town

24-year old Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season in Everton’s EFL Cup third round victory over Fleetwood Town

24-year old Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season in Everton’s EFL Cup third round victory over Fleetwood Town

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Alexi Iwobi goal vs Fleetwood town

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