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Nigeria Players Scorecard: Onuachu scores again; Moffi, Simon on target as goals rain in France

It's the last weekend before the World Cup which kicks off next Sunday in Qatar as all European leagues comes to a halt until the Mundial climaxes next month.


And for the Nigerian stars who will not be in Qatar, some of them shone like a million stars for their clubsides. Find out below how the Nigerian players fared this Sunday across Europe.


Atalanta's player of the month for October and Super Eagles winger, Ademola Lookman took his tally to seventh goal this term as his Bergamo side fell to a slim defeat at home in the hands of Inter Milan.

The former Leicester forward scored from the spot to give Atalanta the lead - alongside some eye-catching performances which wasn't enough eventually to help Atalanta scale the Nerazzurri hurdle.


The Simone Inzaghi's side would wrap up all three points after holding on to their slender 2-3 lead to finish the first stanza of the campaign in a top four place.


Lookman, 25, is now on the fourth spot in the race for the Capocannoniere with countryman, Victor Osimhen leading with nine goals after Saturday's goal against Udinese.


In second place is Bologna's Marko Arnautovic with eight goals, while Inter's Lautaro Martinez takes the third spot.


Elsewhere in Europe, Moses Simon's late equalizer helped Nantes escape a shocking defeat to relegation-threatened AC Ajaccio in the French Ligue 1 goals-laden matchday fifteen tie.

Simon's cross somehow evaded every Ajaccio defender and nestled into the bottom corner - with the equalizer condemning The Bears to the relegation waters while Nantes are outside the last four on goal difference.


Meanwhile, Terem Moffi notched his tenth of the season to become the second Nigerian to do double digit of goals in Europe after Genk's Paul Onuachu this season.

Lorient suffered a late heartbreak from Strasbourg which punctured their chance to finish in the top four before the World Cup break but for Moffi, it was a great outing.


Moffi broke the deadlock after five minutes of action after finishing a play from close range following a cornerkick. The visitors however equalized in the last minutes through a superb Habib Dialo who took an advantage of a perfect pass from Bellegarde and slotted the ball home in an empty net.


Lorient was just minutes away from entering the 2022 World Cup break on a high note, but the draw means that both teams have now gone winless in their last five Ligue 1 matches, though the situation is far more complicated for Strasbourg due to their relegation status.


Far away in Northwestern Europe, Super Eagles' Paul Onuachu bagged his fourteenth of the Belgian Pro League campaign to help Genk go ten points clear at the summit of the table.

The 29-year old, who is expected to feature for Nigeria against Portugal later in the week, scored Genk's opener after nineteen minutes.


While Genk seems uncatchable at the top of the league, Onuachu is the highest goalscorer with fourteen - three goals ahead of Leauvin's Mario Gonzalez.


Another Nigerian forward, Peter Olayinka also netted his fifth of this campaign with a well taken goal to helped Slavia Prague thrash Zlin 4-nil.

Slavia Prague had gone ahead with three goals before halftime with the Nigerian scoring the last goal in the first period before Ondrej Lingr added to the tally in the second half.

Lastly in Europe, uncapped Akor Adams also found the back of the net - his eighth of the season to help his Norwegian clubside side, Lillestrom wrap up the season with a win and a last four finish.





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