After his outstanding performance against PSV on Sunday, Cyriel Dessers has now scored 100 official career goals.
Dessers scored in the 2-2 draw to truncate PSV’s title hopes and keep his strong form going at De Kuip.
It was his 18th goal of the season in all competitions, a major accomplishment given how he began the season.
The Nigerians commented on how great the goal is, and how special De Kuip is for scoring a century of goals.
“No better place to score your 100th official goal than in an exploding cockpit,” he tweeted.
Dessers has developed into a fan favorite at Feyenoord and is the subject of a €4 million transfer saga between his parent club KRC Genk and Feyenoord.
While he is surplus to the Belgian club’s requirements, he is coveted by Rotterdammers fans, who have even put up a crowdsourcing campaign to gain his permanent acquisition.
Cyriel Dessers has ten goals in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League where he’s one goal better than AS Roma’s Tammy Abraham.
The one cap Super Eagles now joins Victor Ikpeba, Nwankwo Kanu, Ikechukwu Uche, Obafemi Martins, Odion Ighalo, John Utaka and Rasheed Yekini on the list of Nigerians to have scored atleast 100 career goals.
After scoring a brace in Feyenoord Rotterdam’s 3-2 home win against Marseille in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final showdown on Thursday night, Cyriel Dessers can’t contain his joy.
On 18 minutes, Dessers put the home team ahead with a low shot past Steve Mandanda.
Following that, the Nigerian international took advantage of a poor back pass from Caleta-Car to score the game-winning goal just seconds after the interval.
“Maybe I’m not such a bad striker after all, hey”, Dessers told Sporza after the game.
“Ah, it’s a nice side effect, that’s all.”
“It went in all directions, but it was fantastic to play this match. As a child you dream of being able to play in full stadiums. The feeling of scoring in such matches is almost indescribable. And I do twice tonight, in an important semi-final against Olympique Marseille .”
“We have stayed true to our style and we have not collapsed, we have been doing it like that all season. We know that there is a high risk factor behind that, but it also pays off.
“We have been able to force Marseille to make mistakes. were not great, but you feel that that flash can come to them at any time,” concludes Dessers.
It’s worthy to note that the Nigerian was left out of the AFCON 2021 squad despite his red hot form during that period.
The 27-year-old, who is on loan from Belgian Pro League club Club Brugge, is now the competition’s leading scorer with ten goals.
The Nigerian international has also been nominated for the Player of the Week award in the Europa Conference League.
Dessers will compete for the individual trophy against teammate Luis Sinisterra, Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman, and AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini.
The continued omission from national team engagements has come as a shock to Super Eagles fans, who respect him highly and believe he should be considered for a spot in Nigeria’s attack.
Dessers is yet to be invited to the team by Eguavoen, who justified his choice on Elegbete TV. He stated that he has yet to witness the former Heracles attacker in action and that he would like to get a better look at him.
“You are talking about Cyriel Dessers, where is he playing?” Eguavoen asked rhetorically.
“So am I going to take the train from here to Holland? The answer is no. So the time has to be right.”
“When I say I haven’t watched the player, I’m talking about watching them live.”
Dessers has 14 goal contributions (12 goals and 2 assists) in 28 outings for Feyenoord so far this season.
22 of his 28 appearances for the Rotterdam based side have come as a substitute.
The lanky striker released the final ball for Juan Brunetta to fire home the opener in the 20th minute but Elias Cobbaut’s 65th-minute own goal ensured both teams share the spoils.
Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC – French Cup)
Paris FC and Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie was unfortunate to be on the losing side as her team was knocked out of the Coupe de France Feminine by Fleury 91 on penalties at the Stade Charléty.
Fleury’s Ewelina Kamczyk cancelled out Gaetane Thiney’s first-half opener for the home side. After the entire regulation time, both sides were tied at 1-1.
Nnadozie saved Julie Piga’s spot-kick but it wasn’t enough to stop her side’s 4-3 loss on penalties.
Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, and Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers – Scottish Professional Football League)
The Nigerian trio played massive roles in Rangers’ narrow 1-0 win over Aberdeen at the Ibrox Stadium.
Joe Aribo was impressive in the centre attacking midfield position, creating three chances for his side in the 90 minutes.
Calvin Bassey had a quiet night at centre back, only making two tackles and winning four out of nine duels.
Leon Balogun played 31 minutes, making 2 interceptions and one clearance.
Taiwo Awoniyi (FC Union Berlin)
Taiwo Awoniyi was on the wrong side of the scoresheet, scoring an own goal in FC Union Berlin’s 1-0 German Bundesliga defeat at Wolfsburg.
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