Four Nigerians abroad, Calvin Bassey, Alex Iwobi, Tyronne Ebuehi, and Kenneth Omeruo, experienced mixed fortunes in their respective European club matches over the weekend and on Monday night football.
Bassey and Iwobi Suffer Defeat with Fulham
Super Eagles duo Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi were part of the Fulham squad that fell to a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League on Sunday, footballrover reports.
Heung-min Son opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, and James Maddison doubled their advantage in the second half, taking advantage of another lapse from Bassey to slot the ball past Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Maddison nearly added a third goal following yet another mistake from Bassey, but Fulham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario kept his side’s hopes alive with a brilliant save to deny Raul Jimenez’s late effort.
With this win, Tottenham maintain their unbeaten league record and will head into another all-London encounter against Crystal Palace on Friday with high spirits.
Ebuehi Shines in Empoli’s Away Win
Tyronne Ebuehi played a crucial role in Empoli’s impressive 2-0 away win over Fiorentina in the Italian Serie A.
Ebuehi delivered a commanding display at the back, providing a solid foundation for Empoli’s triumph.
Francesco Caputo’s first-half strike and Emmanuel Gyasi’s second-half goal sealed the impressive win at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The crucial victory lifts Empoli to 17th position in the Serie A table, just one point away from safety after nine matches played.
The 27-year-old Super Eagles defender and his teammates will look to build on this momentum as they strive to maintain their top-flight status.
Omeruo Helps Kasimpasa Maintain Winning Form
Kenneth Omeruo continued his consistent defensive displays as Kasimpasa recorded a narrow 1-0 away victory against Sivasspor in the Turkish Süper Lig.
The Nigerian international was a rock at the back, thwarting Sivasspor’s attacking forays and ensuring a vital three points for Kasımpaşa at the New Sivas 4 Eylül Stadium.
The win propelled Kasımpaşa to sixth place on the league table.
Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi will look to bounce back from their defeat when they face Brighton next Sunday, while Ebuehi’s Empoli will host Lookman Ademola’s Atalanta at Stadio Carlo Castellani on Monday.
At the other end, Omeruo’s impressive performance will be crucial as Kasımpaşa looks to continue their winning momentum when they host İstanbulspor at the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium on Friday.