Freelanews highlights some eye-catching displays from Nigerian footballers outside the country’s shores on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
AUSTRIA: Moses Usor’s maiden league goal
On-loan Slavia Prague rising star Moses Usor announced his Bundesliga arrival with his first league goal, propelling LASK to a commanding 3-1 triumph over Sturm Graz.
BELGIUM: Gent’s Gift Orban makes instant impact
In a game-changing substitution, Gift Orban swiftly justified his introduction by netting a goal barely ten minutes after coming on to steer KAA Gent to a resounding 3-1 victory against Sporting Charleroi.
CAF recently nominated Orban for the Young Player of the Year award.
ENGLAND: Nottingham Forest claims vital win
Ola Aina’s clinical finish set the tone for Nottingham Forest’s crucial 2-0 triumph over high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Taiwo Awoniyi’s presence in the starting lineup further bolstered Forest’s attack, while Orel Mangala sealed the deal with a second-half strike, securing Forest’s third win of the season.
FRANCE: Mixed fortunes for Nigerians in France
Despite Moses Simon’s recent accolade as Nantes’ Player of the Month for October, the Yellow Canaries stumbled to a narrow 0-1 defeat at home against Reims. Simon’s individual brilliance failed to rescue Nantes from the visitors’ resilient performance.
Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie conceded more than five goals for the first time since arriving in France in 2020 as her Paris FC fell to a humbling 1-6 defeat at home to Olympique Lyonnais.
Super Eagles forward, Terem Moffi impressed as OGC Nice returned to the top of the French Ligue 1 table following a fine 2-0 win over Rennes.
GREECE: Dramatic victories for PAOK and Ionikos
PAOK secured a stunning 1-4 away win over bitter rivals Olympiakos Piraeus in the Greek Super League 1, with William Troost-Ekong watching their entire episode on the bench.
Meanwhile, Abiola Dauda emerged as the hero for Ionikos, as he scored twice to orchestrate a remarkable comeback from a two-goal deficit to secure a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Kalamata.
NETHERLANDS: Akpom’s heroics seal Ajax’s win
Chuba Akpom completed a perfect week as he came off the bench to net a late brace for Ajax to inspire the team to an entertaining 4-1 win over Heerenveen.
SPAIN: UD Tenerife stuns Atlético Madrid, Barcelona’s dominance continues
UD Tenerife orchestrated a memorable 2-1 upset over Atlético Madrid, with Gift Monday’s sensational brace stealing the spotlight for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Asisat Oshoala contributed her bit to Barcelona’s emphatic 8-0 dismantling of Toni Payne’s Sevilla.
SWEDEN: Trelleborg and Skövde AIK share points in thrilling draw
Henry Offia’s late goal seemed to secure victory for Trelleborg, but a resilient Skövde AIK, led by Azeez Yusuf, staged an impressive comeback, culminating in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Vångavallen.
Moldova: Ankeye cannot stop scoring
David Ankeye made it four goals in his last four games across all competitions as he fired in the opener for Sheriff in their 2-1 victory over Milsami at the Malaya Sportivnaya Arena in Tiraspol.
Portugal: No joy for Awaziem and Onyemaechi
Super Eagles duo of Chidozie Awaziem and Bruno Onyemaechi contributed their bit for Boavista, but it was not enough as Rio Ave powered to a straightforward 2-0 win.
Scotland: Dessers makes League Cup final
Leon Balogun and Cyriel Dessers were in action as Rangers defeated Hearts 3-1 to reach the final of the League Cup.
The Gers will face Aberdeen on Sunday, December 17, to decide the winner of the competition this year.