Cyriel Dessers joins Nigeria’s 100 goal club

After his outstanding performance against PSV on Sunday, Cyriel Dessers has now scored 100 official career goals.

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.

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Cyriel Dessers scores two late goals to snatch a draw against PSV

Cyriel Dessers scored two late goals, including a penalty to help Feyenoord come from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven.

Cyriel Dessers goals vs PSV

Cyriel Dessers scored two late goals, including a penalty to help Feyenoord come from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven.

His seventh and eighth league goals of the season. He has 19 goals in all competitions.

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“Maybe I’m not a bad striker after all” – Cyriel Dessers elated to score brace against Marseille

It’s worthy to note that the Nigerian was left out of the AFCON 2021 squad despite his red hot form during that period. 

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 .”

Cyriel Kolawole Dessers celebrating with his team mates

“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.

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Cyriel Dessers goals vs Marseille

Cyriel Dessers scores a well-taken brace in Feyenoord’s 3-2 UEFA Europa Conference League semifinal victory over Marseille.

Cyriel Dessers goals vs Marseille

Cyriel Dessers scores a well-taken brace in Feyenoord’s 3-2 UEFA Europa Conference League victory over Marseille.

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Cyriel Dessers bags brace in Feyenoord’s UEFA Europa Conference League win

Dessers have now scored 10 goals, assisted 2 in 11 Europa Conference League games.

Cyriel Dessers scored two goals to help Feyenoord beat Olympique Marseille in the first leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League Semis.

The Super Eagles striker was the star player in the intriguing encounter as he helped his side put a foot in the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Ahead of the game, Dessers had promised to continue his red hot form in front of goal and he did become a man of his word.

The home team broke the deadlock through Cyriel Dessers in the 18th minute of the game.

Luis Sinisterra who had provided the opener for the Nigerian turned scorer as he doubled the lead just two minutes after. 

ROTTERDAM – (lr), Boubacar Kamara of Olympique de Marseille, Cyriel Dessers of Feyenoord, Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda during the UEFA Conference League semifinal match between Feyenoord and Olympique Marseille at Feyenoord Stadion de Kuip on April 28, 2022 in Rotterdam, Netherlands

The visitors drew one back through Bamba Dieng in the 28th minute. However the Rotterdam side went on to concede an equaliser five minutes into halftime. 

Cyriel Dessers completed his brace with a fine finish in the 46th minute of the game. His 46th minute strike proved to be the winner for Feyenoord. 

Dessers have now scored 10 goals, assisted 2 in 11 Europa Conference League games.

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Cyriel Dessers talks tough ahead of Conference League semifinal

This season, the Super Eagles striker has found the back of the net on eight occasions in the Europa Conference League

Cyriel Dessers talks tough ahead of UEFA Europa Conference League semifinal

This season, the Super Eagles striker has found the back of the net on eight occasions in the Europa Conference League and has vowed to continue his red hot form when his side takes on Marseille. 

Cyriel Dessers has proclaimed that he’s ready to put up a strong showing when his team hosts the French giants in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semifinal.

Both sides have a very good pedigree on the continent and this encounter is set to be the toughest test yet for any of them in the competition. 

Feyenoord’s Nigerian forward Cyriel Dessers reacts during the quarter-final second leg Europa Conference League football match Slavia Prague v Feyenoord Rotterdam in Prague, on April 14, 2022. 

Feyenoord will need their Conference League leading scorer Dessers to be at his best if they are to get anything out of the match.

Dessers’ first appearance in the semifinals of a European club championship would be against Marseille, and the Nigerian star is ready to give it his all.

“De Kuip (Feyenoord’s home stadium) is special anyway, but the European evenings have some extras,” Dessers told the Feyenoord website.

“I expect it to be one of the best matches of my career. This is what you dream of if you want to become a footballer as a child.”

A positive result across both legs for Feyenoord would ensure their first European final in twenty years.

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Cyriel Dessers scores twice to send Feyenoord to the UECL semifinals

Cyriel Dessers scored twice for Feyenoord to send them into the UEFA Europa Conference League semifinals. Watch the goals

Cyriel Dessers goals vs Slavia Prague

Cyriel Dessers scored twice for Feyenoord to send them into the UEFA Europa Conference League semifinals, with a 1-3 second leg victory over Slavia Prague. Feyenoord won the tie 4-6 on aggregate.

It is the 27-year old striker’s fifteenth goal in all competitions this season, and his eighth in this season’s Conference League.

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Austin Eguavoen reveals the reason behind Cyriel Dessers’ absence from the national team

Interim boss of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has stated why he did not invite Cyriel Kolawole Dessers to the Super Eagles squad.

Austin Eguavoen reveals the reason behind Cyriel Dessers’ absence from the national team

Interim boss of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has stated why he did not invite Cyriel Kolawole Dessers to the Super Eagles squad.

Dessers has been overlooked by national team managers for a long time despite his good season with Feyenoord coupled with injury issues.

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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. 

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Cyriel Dessers stars as Feyenoord Rotterdam thrash Partizan Belgrade

Super Eagles forward, Cyriel Kolawole Dessers was on song in Feyenoord’s 5-2 win at Partizan Beograd in the UEFA Europa Conference League. 

Cyriel Dessers stars as Feyenoord Rotterdam thrash Partizan Belgrade

Super Eagles forward, Cyriel Kolawole Dessers was on song during his side’s 5-2 away win at Partizan Beograd in the UEFA Europa Conference League. 

Dessers scored one and provided one in the seven-goal thriller away at Partizan Belgrade. 

On his return from an injury layoff at the weekend, he netted his side’s equaliser against Groningen and he has followed that up with a two goal involvement in the 5-2 thrashing of Partizan Beograd. 

The 27-year-old got his got his goal in the 51st minute of the encounter as he brought his side level (2-2).

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The Dutch giants then went rioting from then as they scored twice in six minutes to make it 4-2.

Before being withdrawn, Dessers grabbed his assist after supplying the final pass for Jens Toornstra who scored the seventh goal of the evening.

Dessers now has five goals in seven appearances in which five have been as a substitute.

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Eagles Abroad: Matchday Review (March 5, 2022)

We tracked 95 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 23 different leagues on an exciting Saturday of action. Here are some of the top stories.

Nigerians In Europe Saturday Review

We tracked 95 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 23 different leagues on an exciting Saturday of action. Here are some of the top stories.

Cyriel Kolawole Dessers (Feyenoord Rotterdam – Dutch Eredivisie)

The Nigerian played the role of a super sub as he came off the bench to rescue a point for Feyenoord in their 1-1 draw against Groningen.

 The Rotterdam based side trailed by a goal courtesy of Leeuw up until Dessers came off the bench in the 56th minute to score a 71st minute equaliser.

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Semilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion – EFL Championship)

Semi Ajayi put in a good shift in defence for the Baggies as they ended a three-match losing run with a 2-0 win against Hull City.

The Hale End Academy product was in a three-man defence that had Mathew Clarke and Kyle Bartley.

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Simy Nwankwo (Parma Calcio – Serie B)

Nigerian forward, Simy Nwankwo made it back to back assists in Parma’s 1-1 draw with Reggina at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma.

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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. 

Celina OULD HOCINE of Paris Fc, Cynthia NNADOZIE of Paris Fc and Ewelina KAMCZYK of Fc Fleury during the Women's French Cup match between Paris FC and Fleury 91 on March 5, 2022 in Bondoufle, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Celina OULD HOCINE of Paris Fc, Cynthia NNADOZIE of Paris Fc and Ewelina KAMCZYK of Fc Fleury during the Women’s French Cup match between Paris FC and Fleury 91 on March 5, 2022 in Bondoufle, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
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.

05 March 2022, Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg: Soccer: Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg - 1. FC Union Berlin, Matchday 25, Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg's John Anthony Brooks (center) plays against Berlin's Taiwo Awoniyi (left). Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa - IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. (Photo by Swen Pförtner/picture alliance via Getty Images)
05 March 2022, Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg: Soccer: Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg – 1. FC Union Berlin, Matchday 25, Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg’s John Anthony Brooks (center) plays against Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi (left). Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa – IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. (Photo by Swen Pförtner/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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