Football/#ENDSARS: Eagle stars paint Europe with goals and back #ENDSARS protest


Victor Osimhen scored his first Serie A goal for Napoli in their 4-1 demolition of Atalanta while Simeon Nwankwo’s 12th-minute goal against champions Juventus helped newly-promoted Crotone secure their first point of the 2020/21 league season in the 1-1 draw.

Both Super Eagles strikers celebrated their goals with shirts which had the inscription #EndPoliceBrutalityInNigeria, in support of protests back home over police brutality, extortion and extrajudicial killings.

Osimhen opened his Seria A account after perfectly controlling David Ospina’s free-kick with his chest, before unleashing a well-placed strike outside the box past Atalanta keeper, Marco Sportiello.

At the Stadio Ezio Scida, Simy scored his second league goal for newcomers Crotone as they held Juve 1-1. Nwankwo opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Alvaro Morata equalised in the 21st minute.

In England, Odion Ighalo was on the bench as Manchester United returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win at Newcastle United on Saturday.

But on Friday, the 2019 AFCON top scorer also carried a placard which had ‘#EndSARS# #EndPoliceBrutality# #Nigeria#’ written on it, in support of the nationwide protests.

Also in the EPL, Alex Iwobi was on for 12 minutes in Everton’s 2-2 draw against champions Liverpool at Goodison Park. Iwobi came on for Abdoulaye Doucoure in the 78th minute.

Ola Aina and Tosin Adarabioyo both clocked 90 minutes as Fulham grabbed their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United. Ademola Lookman put Fulham ahead in the 77th minute but Aleksandar Mitrović conceded an 85th-minute penalty which was coolly converted by Blades veteran Billy Sharp for a stalemate.

In Spain, Samuel Chukwueze was on for 64 minutes in Villarreal’s 2-1 win over Valencia on Sunday. The winger has one assist in six appearances for the Yellow Submarines this season.

Striker Josh Maja scored a consolation goal for Bordeaux who lost 3-1 at Olympique Marseille on Saturday in the French Ligue 1. The one-cap Nigeria international replaced Hatem Ben Arfa in the 65th minute. It’s his second goal in seven appearances this season.

Nantes Player of The Season, Moses Simon, continued his good form with an assist in their 3-1 win over Brest on Sunday.

Simon provided the assist for Kader Bamba, who scored Nantes third goal in the 79th minute.

Earlier on Saturday at the Stade de la Licorne, Stephen Odey’s 64th-minute goal, his first this season, gave Amiens the maximum points over sixth-placed Grenoble in the French Ligue 2.

In Portugal, left-back Zaidu Sanusi provided an assist in FC Porto’s 2-2 draw at Sporting Lisbon on Saturday, in his first start of the season. Zaidu, who was on for 90 minutes, provided the assist for Mateus Uribe, who scored the team’s equaliser in the 25th minute.

Paul Onuachu continued his goal-scoring form in the Belgian league as he netted his eighth goal in as many games, in Genk’s 2-1 win over Sporting Charleroi on Sunday. His compatriot, Cyriel Dessers, was an unused substitute as Genk held on to record their third win of the season despite going one man down in the 82nd minute.

Forward Emmanuel Dennis played the first 45 minutes of Club Brugge’s 1-1 draw at Standard Liege on Saturday. The Nigerian was replaced by Noa Lang. However, his compatriot, David Okereke was an unused substitute in the encounter. The forward has provided two assists in six appearances this season but is yet to find the back of the net.

At the Arena Khimki, Eagles defender Brian Idowu scored for Khimki in the 85th minute, but it was his ex-national teammate Victor Moses, who had the last laugh on his debut, helping his new club Spartak Moscow to a 3-2 win in the Russian topflight on Saturday.

Chelsea loanee Moses replaced Nail Umyarov in the 55th minute.

Also in Russia, newly capped Eagles winger, Chidera Ejuke, grabbed his second league goal for CSKA Moscow in their 3-1 win over rivals Dinamo Moscow on Sunday. Ejuke scored the home side’s second goal in the 54th minute before making way for Nayair Tiknizyan in the 78th minute.

Source: Punch Newspaper