Super Eagles Watch: Mikel and Ighalo suffer defeat in first league game

The Chinese league began last weekend and anticipation was high following the exodus of Super Eagles’ players to the league.

In other leagues Nigerians were also on display and this is how they fared


Captain of the Super Eagles John Obi Mikel was on for the entire game as his team lost away from home. This was the first game of the Chinese season. Full time Shandong Luneng 2 - 0 Tianjin Teda.

Odion Ighalo didn't fare much better as his team was beaten black and blue.

He played the entire game but was of no real impact. Shanghai SIPG FC 5 - 1 Changchun Yatai


Kelechi Iheanacho was finally included in the Manchester City squad for the first time in weeks as City compounded the relegation woes of Sunderland beating them 2-0.

Kelechi Iheanacho was on the bench for the entire time.

Alex Iwobi played all 90 minutes for Arsenal in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

He has played 23 times for the Gunners and has scored three goals.

Wilfred Ndidi made his 7th English Premier League start of the season for Leicester City who came froma goal down to defeat Hull City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium in an English Premier League game on Saturday.

Isaac Success came on for Etienne Capoue in the 70th minute for Watford who lost 4-2 at home to Southampton.


Sone Aluko ended his six-game goal drought by scoring his sixth goal of the season for Fulham, in their 3-1 home win over Preston North End at Craven Cottage. He was replaced in the 88th minute by Denis Odoi in what was his 34th appearance.

Carl Ikeme was beaten twice in goal for Wolverhampton Wanderers who lost 2-1 to Reading on Saturday.


Uche Agbo was missing in action for Granada in their 1-0 loss away to Leganes Butarque stadium.

Agbo has made 20 La Liga Santander appearances this term amassing ten yellow cards and one red.

Elderson Echiejile was benched for 90 minutes as Sporting Gijon lost 1-0 at home to Deportivo La Coruna.


Leon Balogun was not included in Mainz matchday squad that played a 1-1 draw at home with Wolfsburg

Bundesliga 2 division

Super Eagles invitee, Noah-Joel Sarenren-Bazee extended his goal drought to eight games for Hannover 96 who lost 2-0 away to Karlsruher SC


Christian Osaguona made his fifth start for KV Mechelen in Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Anderlecht.

Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu were handed starting roles for Gent who came from a goal down to beat Waasland-Beveren 3-2.

Henry Onyekuru failed to add to his goal tally of 11 goals for Eupen who lost 2-1 to St.Truiden.

Joseph Akpala came on for the last eight minutes of Oostende's goalless draw at home to Lokeren.


Oghenekaro Etebo was in action from start for Feirense who lost 1-0 at home to Benfica.

Etebo was one of the four Feirense player yellow-carded in the match.


Godfrey Oboabona, Nosa Emanuel Igiebor and Bright Edomwonyi were all handed starting roles for Rizespor who slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Besiktas.

Midfielder Raheem Lawal was on target for Kayserispor in their 2-2 home draw against Kasimpasa in the Turkish top flight.

Lawal scored in the 73rd minute to put Kayserispor 2-1 ahead.

In action for Kasimpasa was Emem Eduok who was introduced in the 68th minute.

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo featured for Alanyaspor who lost 2-1 away to Istanbul Basaksehir.


Aaron Samuel played for 74 minutes for CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow goalless draw at him to Zenit St. Petersburg.


Olanrewaju Kayode ended his five-game goal drought firing his eighth goal of the season for Austria Wien who bagged 3-0 away win over Ried.

He has featured 22 times this term. He played for 80 minutes before he made way for Kevin Freisenbach.
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