Super Eagles

Iheanacho, Nwankwo on target as Balogun went off injured

Super Eagles: Iheanacho, Nwankwo on target as Balogun went off injured

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored for a second consecutive game as Leicester City thrashed Crystal Palace 3-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The 23-year old grabbed the opener in 49 minutes after he was set up by Belgium’s Youri Tielemans before Jamie Vardy scored in the 77th minutes and added another in injury time to secure an emphatic victory for the home side.

Iheanacho, who was replaced in the 64th minute by Dennis Praet has five goals in 16 Premier League appearances for Foxes this season.

His compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi, was in action for the home team for the entire duration of the game.

At Old Trafford, Odion Ighalo featured for 10 minutes in Manchester United’s 5-2 home win against relegation strugglers, Bournemouth.

Ighalo replaced Anthony Martial in the 80th minute for his eighth substitute appearance for Manchester United in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old is still looking for his first league goal for the Red Devils.

In the English Championship, Leon Balogun was forced off after just five minutes due to a groin injury in Wigan Athletic’s 3-0 away defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

It was Balogun’s eighth league appearances for the Latics, following his arrival from Brighton Hove & Albion in January.

In Spain, Super Eagles midfielder Ramon Azeez was an unused substitute in Granada’s 2-2 draw at home to Valencia, Azeez, 27, has made 21 La Liga appearances and has scored twice.

While his La Liga compatriot and fellow countryman, Samuel Chukwueze featured for 90th minutes as Villarreal were thrashed 4-1 at home against Barcelona.

The game was Chukwueze’s 28th league appearance for the season.

In Italian Serie B, Simy Nwankwo scored a hat-trick in Crotone’s 3-0 win over Serie B leaders Benevento on Friday.

The treble stretched Nwankwo’s tally to 16 goals after 31 league appearances this term and he is currently enjoying his best goalscoring run in Italy since his arrival from Portuguese outfit Gil Vicente in 2016.

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