By James Agberebi:
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, on loan from Liverpool, was on target for Mouscron in their 2-1 home win against 10-man Kortrijk in Group A of the Belgian Europa League qualifying play-offs on Sunday.
Also in action was Abduljeleel Ajagun for Kortrijk who was later replaced in the 66th minute.
Awoniyi scored in the 36th minute to cancel out teammate Teddy Mezague’s own goal on 14 minutes.
Kortrijk were reduced to 10 men following Gary Kagelmacher’s sending off.
And with five minutes remaining Dimitri Mohamed scored from the penalty spot to give Mouscron the win.
Mouscron now top the six-team group on six points from two games.
The goal took Awoniyi’s tally for the season to seven in 27 league games.
In the Belgian Championship play-offs on Sunday, Nigeria forward Samuel Kalu was the hero as his second minute goal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win for Gent against visiting Club Brugge.
Also on parade for Gent were Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti. All three Nigerian players were replaced in the course of the game.
Gent lead the six-team Championship play-offs standings on six points after winning their opening two games.
Club Brugge, Genk and Standard all have three points each after one win and one defeat, with the same number of goals scored (one goal) and goals conceded (one goal conceded).
In Serie A, Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi played in Torino’s 1-0 home win against his former club Inter Milan.
It was Torino’s third straight Serie A win which left them 10th on 45 points.
Obi was later replaced with two minutes remaining in regulation time.