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Anichebe Ends 18-Month Drought, Omeruo Scores Own Goal, Mikel Dropped Again

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe scored his first goal of the season in his third appearance for Sunderland who recorded a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Anichebe, making his third appearance in the English Premier League for Sunderland, was instrumental in the Black Cats securing their first win of the season, bagging his first goal after 18 months and winning the penalty for Jermaine Defoe to seal the win from the penalty spot.

At Stamford Bridge, Victor Moses kept his place in Chelsea’s starting line-up and was impressive in the Blues maintaining their 22-year record of not losing to Everton at home with a 5-0 thumping of the Toffees.

Moses was denied by the upright in the first half and in stoppage time by Marten Stekelenburg who needed a second attempt to save the Nigerian’s low drive.

His compatriot Mikel Obi was not listed for the game just as he is yet to make a matchday squad for Chelsea this season.

At the Etihad Stadium, Kelechi Iheanacho made a cameo appearance for Manchester City who drew 1-1 at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Nigerian international who has been called up for next weekend’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo replaced Sergio Aguero who took his goal tally to 150 for the Citizens in the 90th minute for his ninth appearance this season in the EPL.

In the Championship, Osaze Odemwingie came off the substitutes bench at half-time in Rotherham United’s 3-1 loss at home to Preston North End. It was his second substitute appearance for the club.

In Spain, Uche Agbo was in action for 75 minutes in Granada’s 1-1 draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna.

The Super Eagles invitee who is yet to make his debut for the three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners has featured nine times.

In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo scored an own goal in Alanyaspor‘s 4-3 win over visiting Gaziantepspor on Saturday.

Omeruo turned the ball into his own net in the 12th minute to level scores at 1-1 for the visitors. Alanyaspor are 12th in the league table with 11 points from 10 games.

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