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Nigerian Strikers Shine in European Matches as Balogun, Ujah, and Osimhen Bow Out of German Cup



Nigerian Strikers Shine in European Matches as Balogun, Ujah, and Osimhen Bow Out of German Cup

In a thrilling Dutch Eredivisie League encounter on Wednesday, Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche found his scoring touch once again, leading Willem II to a resounding 3-0 victory over VVV-Venlo, according to Ogbeche, who had gone four games without finding the back of the net, broke the deadlock just before halftime. This goal marked his ninth in the Eredivisie this season and his 12th across all competitions in 16 appearances. Ben Rienstra doubled the lead for Willem II in the 48th minute, while Jordy Croux sealed the victory in the 53rd minute.

Willem II will now prepare to face Heracles in their upcoming league game on Saturday. Heracles suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat to NAC Breda on Wednesday at the Rat Verlegh Stadion. Nigeria’s Rio 2016 star Umar Sadiq, on loan from AS Roma, made an instant impact by scoring on his debut. Sadiq entered the game in the 80th minute and secured the win in the 90th minute. Heracles’ Tim Breukers was sent off in the 74th minute after receiving a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, in the German DFB Pokal Cup quarter-finals, Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah made his first start for Mainz 05 but was unable to prevent a 3-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. Ujah was substituted in the 56th minute, making it his second appearance since rejoining the club in January. Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun came on in the 63rd minute to replace the injured Alexander Hack. Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain as Mainz 05 were unable to mount a comeback.

In another quarter-final match, Victor Osimhen made a late cameo appearance for Wolfsburg, playing the final ten minutes of the game against Schalke 04. However, Wolfsburg suffered a 1-0 defeat, resulting in their elimination from the competition. Osimhen replaced Joshua Guilavogui in the 80th minute but was unable to turn the tide in favor of his team.

It was a mixed bag of results for Nigerian players in European competitions, with Ogbeche and Sadiq shining brightly while Balogun, Ujah, and Osimhen faced disappointment. Despite the setbacks, these talented individuals continue to make their mark in the world of football, showcasing the immense potential of Nigerian talent on the global stage.

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