Isaac Success Ajayi (www.watfordfc.com)

Premier League Round 35 Review

After playing in the Champions League and Europa League mid-week, top Premiership teams returned for a round of league matches. We look at the games in which Nigerian players and those of Nigerian descent were involved.

West Ham welcomed Leicester City at the London Stadium looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was in the starting line-up for the Foxes and played the full 90 minutes.

Michail Antonio scored the opener and the only goal of the first half in the 37th minute. Midway through the second half, Jamie Vardy latched onto a ball from Benjamin Chilwell and put the ball past the keeper to level the score. This is when the game became interesting.

Perez came in off the bench to put West Ham back on top in the 82nd minute but the game wasn’t over. A couple of minutes later Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench but it was another sub, Harvey Barnes, who saved the point for Leicester in the second minute of stoppage time.

Huddersfield Town suffered another defeat on their way down to the Championship, this time from Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Hornets were quick to score with Gerard Deulofeu putting the ball in the net five minutes into the game.

Watford were in control all the time. Isaac Success Ajayi joined the match in the 72nd minute. On the 80-minute mark, Deulofeu scored his and Watford’s second goal. Terriers substitution Karlan Ahearne-Grant netted a consolation goal for his team in the 93rd minute. The win puts Watford in eighth place, level on points with Everton above them.

Isaac Success Ajayi (www.watfordfc.com)

Isaac Success Ajayi (www.watfordfc.com)

The southern side Bournemouth are safe in the table so the loss to relegated Fulham didn’t mean much in terms of their position in the table. One goal settled this match and it came from the penalty spot. Even though the Cherries were better and threatening to score, early in the second half Aleksandar Mitrović was brought down inside the box leaving the referee no choice but to give a penalty. Mitrović himself converted it into a goal and a rare away win for the Cottagers.

Dominic Solanke played for the last 30 minutes for Bournemouth while Nnamdi Ofoborh watched the match from the bench.

In another London derby, Crystal Palace travelled to North London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates. Christian Benteke ended his year-long goal drought scoring from close range in the 17th minute and giving palace the lead. The score at half time was 0:1. Alex Iwobi came off the bench for Arsenal at the break.

The Gunners equalized two minutes after the restart through Mesut Ozil. However, Palace were up again after Wilfred Zaha scored a goal in the 61st minute.  Eight minutes later they scored their third of the afternoon. This time James McArthur was the scorer. Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang got himself on the score sheet in the 77th minute, but Palace survived to notch a rare win away to Arsenal.

Everton thrashed a woeful Manchester United 4:0 at Goodison Park. Richarlison scored a great goal in the 13th minute to give the Toffees a lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson added another one in the 28th minute. Lucas Digne scored the third in the 56th minute. Theo Walcott came off the bench to finish United off in the 64th minute. Ademola Lookman spent the full 90 minutes on the bench.

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