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Serie A: Joel Obi Scores In Chievo Home Draw; Ekong Lose With Udinese

Serie A: Joel Obi Scores In Chievo  Home Draw; Ekong Lose With Udinese

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi scored his first Serie A goal this season for Chievo Verona who came from a goal down to hold Orji Okwonkwo’s Bologna to a 2-2 draw, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.




Federico Santander had shot the visitors into an early lead in the third minute but a goal from Riccardo Meggiorini from the penalty spot and an Obi strike on the stroke of half-time secured a 2-1 lead for Chievo into the break.



The goal was Obi’s first goal in the Serie A in eight months. Obi last scored a Serie A goal in March in the colours of Torino where the Bulls ran out 4-0 winners over Cagliari.



Riccardo Orsolini’s 56th-minute goal ensured the points were shared at the Marcantonio Bentegodi Stadium.



The game was Obi’s seventh in the Serie A this season while Okonkwo was an unused substitute.



At the Carlo Castellani Stadium, William Troost-Ekong featured in a three-man centre-back for Udinese who lost 2-0 away to Empoli.



Miha Zajc and Francesco Caputo were both on target for Empoli. Ekong’s Udinese are now without a win in their last seven Serie A games. Ignacio Pussetto halved the deficit for Udinese with nine minutes left.



Ekong has made 12 Serie A starts this season since he arrived from Turkish side, Bursaspor.



Udinese are currently placed in relegation position – 18th in the 20 team Serie A with nine points from 12 matches.




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  • With all this poor result I see Ekong loose his position if care is not taking

    • Depends on his performance. A player can lose and still perform well. Troost was given the highest performance rating of all our defenders out there playing regularly by whoscored and sofascore.

      Troost 7.7
      Omeruo 7.1
      Collins(not a central defender 7.5)
      Ajayi (6.9)
      Aina (6.3)

      No defender rated higher this week in our squad, plus he is perorming week in week out in a top league. His position as number one defender in the Super Eagles is not at risk. As for Balogun, Omeruo should take his spot if he does not show what he can do when the squad assembles from tomorrow

    • Eking makes Seria A team of the week with his performance on Sunday despite his team losing.