By James Agberebi:
Nigeria striker Brown Ideye scored a hat-trick in his first game of the season as Olympiakos thrashed Veria FC in the Greek Super League on Sunday night.
Ideye opened scoring for Olympiakos in the 25th minute before adding two more goals on 61 and 89 minutes to complete his hat-trick.
In Belgium, Moses Simon was on target for KAA Gent in their 3-0 home win against Lokeren.
Simon scored Gent’s third goal in the 70th minute after Branislav Ninaj and Kalifa Coulibaly had put the home side 2-0 up.
Also in action for Gent were new Nigerian signings, Anderson Esiti and Rabiu Ibrahim.
While Esiti played for 90 minutes, while Ibrahim replaced Kenneth Saief on 78 minutes.
In the Israeli league, Nosa Igiebor scored his first goal of the season for Maccabi Tel Aviv who were held 2-2 at home by Beitar Jerusalem.
Igiebor scored in the 59th minute to draw his side level.
In the English Premier League, Victor Moses was in action for Chelsea in their 2-2 away draw against Swansea.
Mikel Obi was not listed in Chelsea’s matchday squad.
Moses was introduced for Willian with less than 15 minutes left in the encounter.
Leon Balogun made a 90-minute appearance for 10-man Mainz as they were forced to a 4-4 home draw by Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga.
At a point in the game, Mainz were 4-1 up before Hoffenheim took advantage of their numerical superiority to claw their way back into the game.
In the Turkish Super Lig, Ogenyi Onazi and Aminu Umar were in Trabzonspor and Osmanlispor’s starting line-ups respectively.
Raheem Lawal was an unused substitute for Osmanlispor in the game.
Osmanlispor went on to win the game 2-0 while Umar was replaced by Erdal Kilicarslan.
Still in Turkey, former Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Emenike was a second half substitute for Roman Neustaedter in Fenebahce’s 1-0 home loss to Bursaspor.
The only goal of the game was scored by Pablo Martin.
And in Norway, Rio Olympic bronze medal winner William Troost-Ekong played 90 minutes for 10-man Haugesund who held Molde to a 0-0 draw.
Nemanja Tubic was given his marching orders on 81 minutes for his second yellow card of the game.