Nigerian talents shine abroad: Boniface, Tanko, Udoh shine; Awoniyi, Iheanacho, Ajayi excel

Posted : 27 August 2023
In an enthralling Belarus 1. Division clash, Abdulaziz Laval emerged as the hero for Orsha by netting the decisive goal in the 71st minute, orchestrating a remarkable comeback to secure a 2-1 away victory against Lokomotiv Gomel. The crowd was left amazed as the visitors turned the tide and claimed all three points.

Over in China League One, Liaoning Shenyang celebrated Sabir Isah Musa's goal in their crucial 2-0 triumph over Dandong Tengyue.

In the Czech Republic, an electrifying match unfolded as Baník Ostrava hosted České Budějovice. Abdullahi Tanko took the spotlight, scoring two goals within nine minutes after coming off the bench, propelling Baník Ostrava to a vital 2-0 home victory. Despite the presence of Quadri Adediran and Wale Alli in the visitors' lineup, they couldn't find a consolation goal, leaving the home crowd jubilant.

In the Premier League, Taiwo Awoniyi continued his sensational form, extending his goal streak to seven consecutive games for Nottingham Forest. Despite going two goals ahead, Forest ultimately succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where Ola Aina also featured for Forest.

Meanwhile, at the Emirates Stadium, Fulham faced adversity as Calvin Bassey received a red card, but they managed a spirited rally to secure a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Arsenal. In another fixture, Brentford introduced Frank Onyeka after halftime in their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

In the Championship, Semi Ajayi played a crucial role, providing an assist for West Brom's opening goal, while Josh Maja's second-half substitution contributed to West Brom's triumphant 4-2 win over Middlesbrough. Fred Onyedinma scored for Rotherham United, and Kelechi Iheanacho's assist aided Leicester City in securing a 2-1 away victory, with Wilfred Ndidi also in action for the Foxes.

In League One action, Dominic Udoh emerged as the hero, delivering the only goal that inspired Shrewsbury Town to a hard-fought 1-0 away win against Fleetwood Town.

In Bundesliga, Victor Boniface left his mark with a brilliant brace, propelling Bayer Leverkusen to a commanding 3-0 victory away against Borussia Monchengladbach. Kevin Akpoguma displayed his defensive prowess as Hoffenheim clinched a thrilling 3-2 victory on the road against newly-promoted Heidenheim.

In Greece's Super League 1, Oluwatobiloba Adefunyibomi played a pivotal role, assisting in one of Asteras Tripolis' goals during their dominant 3-0 victory over OFI. Bright Edomwonyi shone by scoring a goal with an assist from Godfrey Stephen to lead Diósgyőr to a straightforward 2-0 triumph over Kisvárda in the NB I.

In Serie A, Samuel Chukwueze made a memorable home debut for AC Milan, contributing to their convincing 4-1 victory over Torino. However, Ademola Lookman faced disappointment, being substituted at halftime in Atalanta's 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Frosinone. Tyronne Ebuehi played the full match but couldn't prevent Empoli from a 2-0 loss to Monza.

In Latvia's Virsliga, Olabanjo Ogunji made an impact off the bench, assisting Riga's second goal in their impressive 3-0 win over Valmiera. Philip Otele delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a double to inspire CFR Cluj to a hard-fought 3-1 victory against Botoșani. Júnior Pius assisted Botoșani's consolation goal in the 65th minute. In Slovakia, Ridwan Sanusi played a crucial role, scoring Podbrezová's second goal in their entertaining 2-2 away draw with Trenčín, featuring Jude Sunday, a star of the Flying Eagles.


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