Osimhen Winning Debut for Napoli, Onuachu, Others Score
For Super Eagles players, it was a good weekend for them as they were in winning sides or scored for their various clubs.
Victor Osimhen made his long-awaited debut for Napoli as his introduction spurred the Naples side into action. Napoli won 2-0 but did not score until the Nigerian international was introduced mid way into the second half.
His performance got his praise from gaffer Genaro Gattuso.
“It’s not about numbers, but the principles of football,” Gattuso told DAZN.
“We know Osimhen is an added bonus, but we need to run before we have quality, because quality is not enough on its own. We must set out the team with the right concepts and protect the defence, but we knew that Osimhen could give us another gear in the final 20-25 minutes today.
“Osimhen is a lad who, in the 25 days I’ve been working with, I can tell doesn’t forget where he started from, who made sacrifices, lost his family very young and has the head of a 40-year-old on 21-year-old shoulders.
“I am confident he won’t change, as he has a great attitude and at this moment is a better player than he’s so far shown on the pitch.”
Napoli changed to a 4-2-3-1 in the second half, as Gattuso wanted to ‘step up the tempo’ and get closer to the Parma players.
“Playing with Fabian Ruiz and Piotr Zielinski in midfield with three or four forwards ahead of them… When I was a player, I was happy just keeping a clean sheet, but I want more entertainment now that I am a coach.
“It’s not really something I am accustomed to and I envy those coaches who know it well.
“When it comes to coming back to get the ball, Fabian Ruiz is one of the best. Playing a two-man midfield, he needs to improve the way he covers the space and moves around the pitch.
Moses Simon scored his first goal in the French Ligue 1 season for Nantes, who held Saint Etienne to a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
The goal is his 10th for the club since he arrived last season
Also in Ligue 1, forward Samuel Kalu scored a consolatory goal – his first of the season in additional time for Bordeaux, who lost 2-1 to Lens on Saturday.
Kalu replaced Remi Oudin in the 81st minute and scored nine minutes later.
His compatriot, Josh Maja, came on for Nicolas de Preville in the 81st minute.
In the Belgian Jupiler league, Paul Onuachu scored twice for Genk, who came from a goal down to beat KV Mechelen 3-1 on Sunday.
The lanky striker powered in a header five minutes after Kerim Mrabti had scored for Mechelen.
He sealed the win in the 69th minute after Junya Ito had put Genk 2-1 up. The brace took his tally to four in four games.
In Italy, Victor Osimhen, made his Serie A debut for Napoli, who defeated Parma 2-0. Osimhen came on for Diego Demme in the 61st minute.
Simy Nwankwo played for 89 minutes for newly-promoted Crotone, who lost 4-1 at Genoa.
In LaLiga, Kelechi Nwakali, was left out of SD Huesca’s squad in the 2-0 defeat at home to Cadiz. The Nigerian has made only one substitute appearance this season.
Samuel Chukwueze had an assist in Villarreal’s 2-1 win against Eibar.
Chukwueze set up Gerard Moreno, who drew Villareal level in the 63rd minute.
In the English Premier League, Alex Iwobi, made his first appearance of the season for Everton, who trounced West Bromwich Albion 5-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Nigeria international came on for hat-trick hero Dominic Calvert-Lewin with 15 minutes left to play.
Iwobi missed Everton’s opening two games of the season against Tottenham Hotspur and Salford due to a slight knock in training.
His compatriot, Semi Ajayi, played the entire duration for the Baggies.
Odion Ighalo, was handed a cameo role for Manchester United in their 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ighalo came on for Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the 81st minute.
Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze came on for Jeffrey Schlupp in the 75th minute.
In the Championship, Mikel Obi, made his second start for Stoke City, who suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Bristol City on Sunday.
Stoke are without a win so far this season after recording a draw and a defeat.
Also Ovie Ejaria and Sone Aluko featured for Reading, who defeated Barnsley 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
Ejaria was on for 90 minutes, while Aluko came on for John Swift in the 83rd minute.
Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashiru were not included in Watford’s goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough. Both are yet to make an appearance for Watford this season.
In Turkey, Oghenekaro Etebo, was introduced in the 72nd minute for Galatasaray who edged champions Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0.
In the Bundesliga, Kingsley Ehizibue, came on for Marco Hoeger in the 46th minute of Cologne 3-2 loss at home against Hoffenheim.
Cologne’s new Nigerian signing Tolu Arokodare was not included in the squad.
Nigerian pair Taiwo Awoniyi and Anthony Ujah missed Union Berlin’s 3-1 loss to Augsburg.