Joe Aribo goal vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Joe Aribo opens the scoring for Rangers FC in their 2022 UEFA Europa League final match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Joe Aribo goal vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Joe Aribo opens the scoring for Rangers FC in their 2022 UEFA Europa League final match against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo nominated for POTY Award

Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey have both been nominated for the award, and they will compete against seven other first-team players.

Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo nominated for POTY Award

Rangers, the reigning Scottish Premiership champions, have unveiled the nominees for the club’s Player of the Year award.

Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey have both been nominated for the award, and will compete against seven other first-team players.

Connor Goldson, Glen Kamara, Ryan Kent, John Lundstram, Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos, and James Tavernier are the players who make up the rest of the nominees list.

Super Eagles central defender Leon Balogun, who has battled injuries this season, will miss out, and so will the Nigerian youth international Nnamdi Ofoborh, for obvious reasons.

Bassey has established himself as a staple for the Rangers this season, making a total of 41 games in all competitions, including 38 starts, after starting the season as a left-back.

Aribo was undoubtedly Rangers’ best performer in the first half of the season, appearing in 48 games and scoring 16 goals (8 goals, 8 assists).

The 24-year old Super Eagles star was named as Rangers’ Young Player of the Year for the 2019/2020 season.

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Aribo inspires Rangers to victory over Sporting Braga

After brushing aside Portuguese opposition on Thursday, the Gers are two games away from the final of the continent’s second-tier club competition.

Aribo inspires Rangers to victory over Sporting Braga

After brushing aside Portuguese opposition on Thursday, the Gers are two games away from the final of the continent’s second-tier club competition.

Rangers battled to a thrilling 3-2 aggregate triumph over Sporting Braga to clinch a spot in the Europa League semifinals. Joe Aribo delivered two key assists, while Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun also contributed.

Last week, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were defeated 1-0 in Portugal, but they came back to win 3-1 at home after extra time to reach their first European semifinal in 14 years.

Rangers got off to a great start at Ibrox, thanks to Joe Aribo. The Super Eagles midfielder displayed excellent vision to send a pinpoint pass to James Tavernier, who displayed superb calm inside the box to bury the ball in the bottom right corner.

Kemar Roofe headed in a second goal for the home side just as the Light Blues fans were finishing their celebrations, but it was ruled out for a handball after a VAR review.

Tavernier added a second for the hosts from the penalty spot soon before halftime, with Tormena’s dismissal reducing the visitors to 10 men.

Soon after the restart, Aribo should have added a third goal, but his rocket of a shot sailed just wide of the left post after he had raced through the middle to the edge of the box.

Rangers had many chances to end the tie, including a goal by Roofe that was deemed offside, but they were unable to capitalize. And they would come to regret all of their missed opportunities, as a David Carmo header in the 88th minute halved Braga’s deficit on the night and brought them level on aggregate.

Calvin Bassey was a rock for the Gers up until that time. Nonetheless, Giovanni van Bronckhorst did not waste any time in replacing Borna Borisic with Leon Balogun to shore up the defense.

However, no further goals were scored before the referee indicated the end of normal time.

Rangers went ahead 3-1 in extra time thanks to Aribo’s skill, as the former Charlton Athletic man laid the ball on a dish for Kemar Roof to score with a simple close-range finish midway through the first half.

And the night went even better for the Gers when Braga was reduced to nine men as Iuri Medeiros was given a second yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

However, Braga were unable to produce any late drama as Rangers advanced to the Europa League semifinals.

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Nigerian trio all shine in Rangers’ Europa League win

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all impressed in Rangers’ 3-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Nigerian trio all shine in Rangers’ 3-0 Europa League win

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey all impressed in Rangers’ 3-0 win in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie.

Within 15 minutes of the encounter, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos had given the hosts a two goal lead over Red Star Belgrade at the Ibrox Stadium.

Aleksandar Katai missed a spotkick for the Serbian champions in the 24th minute as they went on break trailing by a two goal deficit. 

As the second half resumed, the visitors began to for a way back into the game but it proved abortive. 

Super Eagles veteran,Leon Balogun rounded off the scoring with the third goal of the night when he rose to head home a well-delivered James Tavernier corner in the 51st minute.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 10: Leon Balogun celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Jack & Joe Aribo (17) as he makes it 3-0 Rangers during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Red Star Belgrade at Ibrox Stadium, on March 10, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 10: Leon Balogun celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Jack & Joe Aribo (17) as he makes it 3-0 Rangers during a UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Red Star Belgrade at Ibrox Stadium, on March 10, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This is Leon’s second goal of the Europa League with his first coming against Bröndby IF in October 2021.

The 33-year-old and Bassey played the entire duration of the match while Aribo was replaced by Fashion Sakala in the 75th minute.

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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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Joe Aribo goal vs Dundee United

Joe Aribo scores the equalizer for Rangers

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Joe Aribo goal vs Dundee United

Joe Aribo scored the equalizer for Rangers FC in their 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw against Dundee United.

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UEFA Europa League Matchday: Nigerians to Watch

These two competitions feature the bulk of Nigerian players participating in club continental action. We’ve picked out the best games today.

UEFA Europa League Matchday: Nigerians to Watch

After two exciting UEFA Champions League match days, the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League also return today.

These two competitions feature the bulk of Nigerian players currently participating in club continental action. We’ve picked out eight games for you to watch today.

Leicester City vs Randers (Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Ademola Lookman, Stephen Odey and Tosin Kehinde)

This is our game to watch, as five Nigerians are expected to play.

Leicester City face Randers in the Europa Conference League Knockout Playoffs, hoping to improve on their patchy domestic campaign.

The Foxes enter this competition after placing third in their Europa League group. Randers have made history on the continent by making it to the knockout stages for the first time.

Dortmund vs Rangers (Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo)

In the Europa League Round of 16, Scottish Premiership Champions, Rangers will face German heavyweights, Borussia Dortmund.

The Gers advanced to the last 32 after placing second in Group A, behind Lyon and their Nigerian trio will be hoping to earn a positive first leg result.

Porto vs Lazio (Zaidu Sanusi)

Portuguese Primeira Liga giants, FC Porto take on Italian Serie A side, SS Lazio in the Europa League Knockout Playoffs.

The clubs meet for the first leg at Estadio do Dragao, after the hosts were relegated from the Champions League. Their visitors finished second in their Europa League group.

Zaidu Sanusi should start on the left side of Porto’s defense barring any last-minute changes.

Barcelona vs Napoli (Victor Osimhen)

This is Victor Osimhen’s chance to make more headlines. The hardworking striker will look to add to his ten goals already this season, including four in the group stage.

Spanish giants, FC Barcelona host SSC Napoli at the Nou Camp for the first leg of their Europa League Knockout Playoff match.

After disappointingly finishing third in their Champions League group, the Catalan giants were relegated to this competition. Napoli finished second in their group behind Victor Moses’ Spartak Moscow.

Fenerbahce vs Slavia Prague (Peter Olayinka and Yira Sor)

Turkish giants, Fenerbahce face Czech giants, Slavia Prague in the Europa Conference League playoff round.

Fenerbahce will be attempting to reach the last 16 of a European competition for the first time since the 2015/2016 season. For Slavia Prague, they are attempting to reach the Europa League last 16 for the third time in four years.

Midtjylland vs PAOK (Raphael Onyedika)

Bright youngster, Raphael Onyedika will be in action for FC Midtylland.

They welcome PAOK of Greece to the MCH Arena for the opening leg of their Europa Conference League Playoff series.

Since August of last year, the hosts have only won one of their last five European games, while the visitors have only lost one of their last nine European games.

Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt (Victor Boniface)

When his Norwegian side faces Celtic, 21-year-old striker, Victor Boniface will be hoping to make his Europa Conference League debut.

Celtic on the other hand, are trying to extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games when they face Bodo/Glimt tonight.

Atalanta BC vs Olympiacos (Henry Onyekuru)

Olympiacos have travelled to Italy for the first leg of the encounter. The pacy Nigerian attacker could make his seventh appearance in the competition this season.

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Joe Aribo goal vs Dundee

Joe Aribo nets his fifth league goal of the season vs Dundee

Joe Aribo goal vs Dundee

Joe Aribo opened the scoring for Rangers in their 3-0 Scottish Premiership victory over Dundee FC.

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Cyriel Dessers goal vs AZ Alkmaar

Cyriel Dessers came off the bench to score another winner for Feyenoord in their 1-0 Dutch Eredivise victory over AZ Alkmaar

Cyriel Dessers goal vs AZ Alkmaar

Cyriel Dessers came off the bench to score another winner for Feyenoord in their 1-0 Dutch Eredivise victory over AZ Alkmaar

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Joe Aribo goal vs Ross County

Joe Aribo scores a brilliant header to help Rangers earn a comfortable victory over Ross County.

Joe Aribo goal vs Ross County

Joe Aribo scores a brilliant header to help Rangers earn a comfortable victory over Ross County.

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