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Iheanacho Scores, Outshines Superstars In City Win

Iheanacho Scores, Outshines Superstars In City Win

By Nurudeen Obalola:

Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho was the star of the show on Tuesday as Manchester City defeated Roma 5-4 on penalties after regulation time ended 2-2 in an International Champions Cup clash in Melbourne, Australia.


Despite the presence of superstars Yaya Toure, David Silva and Raheem Sterling, Iheanacho was the standout player in the match as the Flying Eagles star scored one goal and assisted another.
The teenager played as a centre forward, but had to drop deep to make his first big contribution.

With vision well beyond his tender years, Iheanacho picked the ball up in the centre of the pitch barely three minutes into the match,  spotted Sterling’s run and lifted a glorious pass to send the new signing clean through.

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Sterling gratefully accepted the pass and slotted past the Roma keeper, Morgan De Sanctis, for the Englishman’s first City goal.

Roma equalised five minutes later through Miralem Pjanic, but Iheanacho gave City the lead again.

The vibrant Nigerian was one of only few City players who returned for the second half having started, and he justified coach Manuel Pellegrini’s decision.

Iheanacho had seen a close range header saved by De Sanctis in the 33rd minute, but he gave the Roma keeper no chance when he was through on goal following a back pass six minutes after the break.

Left with only the keeper at his mercy, Iheanacho kept his head, picked his spot and blasted the ball into the roof of the net for City’s second goal.

Iheanacho was subbed off to a standing ovation from appreciative City fans after 73 minutes.
Adem Ljajic’s 87th minute freekick restored parity for Roma and ensured that regulation time ended in a thrilling draw.

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  • I have always liked this boy. I am even beginning to suspect Manu for not using him fully at the under 20 WC. Maybe he has some issues with him. I believe this boy will be promoted to the senior rank. If he is even on the bench when the league start, that will be something. The summary is that if Iheanocho is good for Man City, he is good for Eagles. Oliseh are you there?

  • i follow ihenacho lik am crazy. Weve got our Neymar. i dont know why he is not in the present super eagles team. Beside dere ar younger players dat feature in there national team. Odegard of madrid is an example just 16years. Oliseh please use dis guy even if it is for 20minuites of every match until he gets there

  • Great Iheanacho!

  • Chima until he gets where? He has already gotten there. A boy who gives assists and scores at the highest level of football. There are only two or three super eagles players that are better than him. Manu should know now that his failure was tied to him not using Iheanacho. Oliseh would not be that unwise.