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Nigerians abroad: Ighalo hits treble; Troost-Ekong returns; Osimhen, Nwakaeme, Marcus, Eboh impress

Soccernet.ng highlights some eye-catching displays from Nigerian footballers outside the country’s shores on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

Toni Payne assisted one of the goals for Sevilla during their 6-0 win over Real Betis in their Primera Division Femenine clash.

In the Bulgarian top flight, Samuel Akere bagged two goals to help Botev Plovdiv overcome a goal deficit and secure a 3-1 triumph over Pirin Blagoevgrad.

Gift Monday and Rinsola Babajide were involved as Tenerife continued their resurgence with a 1-1 draw at Villarreal.

In the Belgian Pro League, Tolu Arokodare’s introduction in the second half did not stop Genk from falling to a narrow 1-0 loss away to Standard Liège.

William Troost-Ekong overcame his return physical struggles to help PAOK keep a clean sheet in their 5 – 0 thrashing of Panserraikos in Greece.

In the Greek Super League 2, Johnson Eboh netted the match-winning goal for Iraklis 1908 as they soared to a 1 – 0 triumph over AEK Athens II.

Over to the Russian First League, where Jonathan Okoronkwo scored his 13th goal of the season to power Arsenal Tula to a fine 2 – 0 win over KAMAZ. Nobody in the division has more goals than the Calabar-born 20-year-old.

In the Czech Republic top division, Ahmad Ghali emerged as the hero for Slovan Liberec, netting both goals that led his team to a hard-fought [2-1] victory against Mladá Boleslav. Wale Alli’s assist set up Quadri Adediran’s goal for České Budějovice, but Igoh Ogbu and Slavia Prague secured a slim [2-1] win.

In the English Premier League, Brentford’s Frank Onyeka impressed in midfield until Kai Havertz’s last-gasp winner for Arsenal disrupted the Bees’ clean sheet.

In the Championship, Wilfred Ndidi returned to Leicester City’s lineup, contributing to their [2-0] win over Watford, while West Bromwich Albion secured a comfortable [2-0] victory with contributions from Josh Maja and Semi Ajayi.

In League One, Bolton Wanderers, led by Victor Adeboyejo, handed Exeter City a humiliating [7-0] defeat, and Dominic Udoh secured a [2-1] triumph for Shrewsbury Town over Port Vale.

In the German Bundesliga, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella played pivotal roles as Bayer Leverkusen secured their 11th Bundesliga win with an impressive 0-3 victory against Werder Bremen.

In the Italian Serie A, Samuel Chukwueze played every minute of AC Milan’s 1-0 victory over Fiorentina.

Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi shone in Salernitana’s attack during their brilliant 2-1 win against Lazio.

Napoli claimed a thrilling 2-1 victory at Atalanta, with Osimhen returning from injury to assist Elmas in netting the winning goal.

In Serie B, David Okereke and Cremonese did their promotion hopes a world of good after claiming a hard-fought 1 – 0 win over Lecco.

In the Portuguese Segunda Liga, Abraham Marcus scored a brace, propelling Porto II to a commanding 3-0 victory over Academico Viseu, showcasing his form with five goals in 11 league appearances.

In Saudi Arabia, Odion Ighalo delivered a standout performance, securing a hat-trick in Al Wehda’s impressive 3-1 win against Al Khaleej.

Anthony Nwakaeme’s lone goal proved decisive as Al Fayha triumphed over Al Fateh.

In the Swiss top flight, Ifeanyi Mathew played a key role, providing the assist for Zürich’s final goal in their instructive [3-1] victory over Young Boys at the Stadion Letzigrund.