This weekend, the round 11 of the Premier League took place. Seven matches were played on Saturday, two on Sunday and the bottom of the table clash between Huddersfield Town and Fulham is scheduled for Monday evening. A number of players with Nigerian descent played, while some took to the bench.
The first match of the round was between Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium. The Red Devils were down 1:0 after a goal from Charlie Wilson in the 11th minute, but came back to level the game in the 35th minute. Anthony Martial was the scorer. After a good fight in the second half, Marcus Rushford managed to find the net two minutes into stoppage time to give Manchester United the away win. Jordon Ibe came in off the bench for the last fifteen minutes of the game but couldn’t help Bournemouth get something out of the game.
In the afternoon kick-off, Leicester City travelled to Cardiff determined to honour their tragically deceased owner, and they did so by winning 1:0 away and commemorating the win to him. Demarai Gray scored the winning goal for the Foxes. The Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi played the whole game and was a defensive force winning an amazing eight aerial duels with Cardiff players. Kelechi Iheanacho, the Nigerian attacker, sat the game out on the bench for the first time this season.
Everton hosted Brighton whose Leon Balogun was once again on the bench and didn’t get to play. The Toffees won 3:1, with a couple of goals from Richarlison and one from Seamus Coleman. Lewis Dunk scored the only goal for the Seagulls. Ademola Lookman, who is on Nigeria’s radar as a potential Super Eagle, came into the game in the 68th minute to replace Bernard.
Newcastle United welcomed the surprisingly good Watford team at the St James’ Park. After ten rounds without one, the Magpies finally won a game. The winning goal was scored by Ayoze Pérez who was subbed in right before the break. Isaac Success Ajayi put in a great performance for the Hornets before being substituted by Nathanial Chalobah five minutes before the final whistle.
In the early evening a thrilling encounter between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates, the result was a tie. The game finished with a score of 1:1. Alex Iwobi came in for Arsenal in the late stages but had a few good touches before the game ended. Liverpool scored first through a James Milner goal, but Arsenal battled back to save a point courtesy of a great individual goal by Alexandre Lacazette.
The next round of the Premier League is scheduled for the weekend beginning November 10th.