Balogun Benched In Mainz’s Win; Bala Nets Brace In Slovakia, As Simon, Ndidi Win In Belgium

Balogun Benched In Mainz’s Win; Bala Nets Brace In Slovakia, As Simon, Ndidi Win In Belgium

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, was an unused substitute as Bundesliga side, FSV Mainz beat Unterhaching 4-3 on penalty shootout in the First Round of the German DFB Cup on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports

Stephan Hain (brace) and Vitalij Lux scored for Unterhaching while Jhon Cordoba, Fabian Frei and Yunus Malli were on target for Mainz in the regulation time scoresheet.

Both teams were tied at 3-3 after 120 minutes of football. Then Mainz won 4-2 on penalties. In the shootout, Mainz's goalkeeper, Lossi saved Dominik Stahl's kick while Hain booted his effort over the bar. De Blasis, Malli, Clemens and Rodriguez converted their kicks to send Mainz through to the Second Round, ensuring another opportunity for Balogun in the competition.

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In Slovakian League, Aliko Bala grabbed a brace in AS Trencin's 3-1 home win against MFK Ruzomberok.

Bala scored in the 17th and 72nd minutes of the match. Rangelo Janga got Trencin's other goal in the 57th minute, while Jakub Mares scored Ruzomberok's only goal in the 38th minute.

In the Belgian League, Super Eagles winger, Moses Simon, saw action for 90 minutes as Gent defeated Westerlo 4-2.

Also in Belgium, Wilfred Ndidi made a 90 minutes appearance for Genk who beat homers, Lokeren 3-0.

Fred Friday was in action for AZ Alkmaar who won their away match,  beating Utrecht 2-1. Friday later made way for Wouter Weghorst in the 59th minute.

Former Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Emenike was on from the start but couldn't prevent Fenebahce losing 1-0 to Istanbul Basaksehir. Emenike was later replaced by Fernandao on 72 minutes.

In Austria, former junior international, Olanrewaju Kayode, was introduced in the 87th minute for Kevin Friesenbichler in Austria Wien's 3-1 win against Altach. Kayode however got a yellow card in the 90th minute of the game.

In the Russian league, former Super Eagles midfielder, Fegor Ogude, featured for 90 minutes as Amkar Perm pip Ural 1-0.

And in Denmark, the duo of Paul Onuachu and Rilwan Hassan were in action for Midtjylland who drew 2-2 against visitors,  Sonderjyske.

Onuachu was introduced for Hassan 10 minutes into the second half of the match.

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