Etebo Oghenekaro ended Stoke City’s 390-minute wait for a goal as his spectacular effort floored Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
The Nigerian international capped another outstanding midfield display with a scintillating first half effort to earn Nathan Jones his third win as Potters boss.
His effort proved to be the only goal of the game, although City squandered an opportunity to extend their lead on the stroke of half-time as Bojan failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Nigerian international, Anthony Nwakaeme continued his impressive form in front of goal as he scored for the fifth consecutive match to help Trabzonspor to a 4-1 home win over Antalyaspor at the Medical Park Stadium in Trabzon.
With star forward Hugo Rodallega missing through injury, the onus was on the Nigerian to deliver the goods for the European chasers and he did not disappoint with his commanding display.
The visitors took the lead in amazing fashion when Souleymane Doukara volleyed home Hamzat Ozmert pinpoint cross to silence the home fans after just 9 minutes.
Nwakaeme, however, cut short their joy when he equalised on the 21st minute tapping home from an Olcay Sahan cross to restore parity.
Caleb Ekuban then put the host in front for the first time in the clash when he reacted quickest following a fierce shot which had struck the upright despite the visitor’s protection for offside.
With Antalyaspor pushing for an equaliser, Nwakaeme repaid the first half favour as he set up Olcay Sagan to also tap home for 3-1 after beating his marker at the near post before substitute Murat Cem Akpinar completed the rout deep into stoppage time.
The 30-year-old has now scored 9 league goals and provided a further 5 assists to put them fourth on the log with 46 points from 27 games played so far.
*Romanian Ligue 1*
Former Nigerian youth international, Simon Zenke scored what proved to be the winning goal for Dinamo Bucuresti in their 3-2 win over Concordia Chiajna in the Romania Ligue 1 relegation rounds.
Having joined the club as a free agent in November, the former Strasbourg of France player was giving the starter’s nod for the 9th time as he went in search of his first league goal for the club.
A brace from Athanasios Papazoglou either side of the half gave the host a commanding 2-0 lead before Zenke made it 3-0 four minutes before the hour mark when he skilfully beat his marker before firing a fierce effort beyond the goalkeeper.
The Nigerian was then withdrawn on the hour mark before two late goals from substitute Petre Daniel Ivanovici ensured a nervy finish to the clash with the hosts holding on for all maximum points.
The win ensured Dinamo stay on course for survival having won three of their opening four games in the relegation round.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde