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Aliyu Scores As Salami Returns, Egwuekwe Benched; Igboun, Fatai Win

Aliyu Scores As Salami Returns, Egwuekwe Benched; Igboun, Fatai Win

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian striker Abubakar Aliyu was on target for his Norwegian second-tier club IK Start who beat Mjoendalen 2-1 at the Soer Arena on Saturday,  Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Aliyu shot his side into the lead in the 14th minute before Niels Vorthoren doubled the advantage. It was Aliyu's third goal of the campaign.  IK Start held on for a win despite a late goal from Amahl Pellegrino in the 77th minute for Mjoendalen.

Sone Aluko started for Fulham in the first matchday of the Sky Bet Championship season, playing for 90 minutes as his side played out a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City. It was his 51st appearance for the club since joining last season.

Hope Akpan made his competitive debut for Burton Albion coming on as a 64th minute substitute in their 1-0 loss to Cardiff City.  The four-cap Nigerian international replaced Marvin Sordell in the 64th minute of the encounter.

At the Molineux Stadium, Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare played for 78 minutes before being replaced by David Edwards in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

In the Scottish Premiership, Efe Ambrose played all 90 minutes and was yellow carded on the stroke of half-time while in action for Hibernian who came from a goal down to beat visiting Partick Thistle 3-1 in the opening day of the season on Saturday at the Easter Road Stadium.

In Finland, Gbolahan Salami returned to action for Kuopion Palloseura who spanked Rovaniemen Palloseura 3-0 at the Kuopion Football Stadium. The 26-year-old Nigerian striker has scored nine goals in 19 games in all competitions for Kuopion Palloseura.

His compatriot Azubuike Egwuekwe was an unused substitute while Gabriel Reuben was not listed in the matchday squad.

In the German Bundesliga 2, Suleiman Abdullahi played the last 16 minutes of Eintracht Braunschweig's 2-0 win over FC Heidenheim. The former Viking striker replaced Christoffer Nyman.

Former Golden Eaglets forward Yusuf Otubanjo did not score in MSK Zilina's 2-0 defeat away Zlate Moravce in the Slovakian top flight divisi.

Kehinde Fatai and Sylvester Igboun both made their third starts in the Russian Premier League on Saturday for FC UFA who defeated FK Akhmat 3-2.

While Igboun played the whole game, Fatai was substituted in the 63rd minute by Islamnur Abdulavov.

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