By Femi Fasetire
Three Nigerian players are lamenting their ill-luck, after seeing what appeared to be goals for their respective clubs in England and Germany disallowed for one reason or the other … on the same day of top-flight action.
That was the sad story for the duo of Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi and Ademola Lookman at Leicester City of England as well as Taiwo Awoniyi at FC Union Berlin of Germany, with all three suffering the same agony on Sunday.
In England, Ndidi and Lookman both had their efforts on goal overruled on Sunday, as The Foxes fell in defeat away to Brighton & Hove Albion, while Joe Aribo and Leon Aderemi Balogun settled for a draw in Scotland.
Balogun was benched for the duration and Aribo had an assist in Glasgow Rangers' 1-1 draw with Motherwell, but Ndidi and Lookman both had their efforts ruled out, as Leicester fell 2-1 to Brighton in the English Premier League.
The result saw Brighton move up to fourth on the EPL’s log, after Neal Maupay's disputed penalty and Danny Welbeck's header sealed victory over Leicester in an incident-packed encounter.
Lookman was denied after a VAR check in the 67th minute, with Harvey Barnes ruled offside, and Barnes was dubiously deemed culpable of another infringement when Ndidi nodded past Robert Sanchez with just five minutes remaining.
Leicester’s coach, Brendan Rodgers declared Brighton's opener was never a penalty and felt Ndidi's header should have stood, while The Seagull's gaffer, Graham Potter admitted his team had enjoyed a little bit of luck.
Potter's side sit just a point off the summit and extend their best start to a top-flight season with four wins from five, while Leicester, who toiled until Lookman's second-half introduction, are 12th with just two wins from their opening fixtures.
In Germany, Awoniyi was among the array of Nigerian players that were hit with bolts of agony on Sunday, as he had what looked like a goal cancelled by video assistant referee and his side lost to Borussia Dortmund.
Awoniyi, who recently joined Berlin on a full contract from Liverpool of England, for which he never played in five years of a full contract, could not save The Iron Ones from falling at the feet of Marco Rose's Black & Yellows in the German Bundesliga.
The UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner, who boasts of three league goals this season, was all gloom, after Union Berlin saw their unbeaten start in the Bundesliga come to an end following Sunday’s 4-2 defeat.
Awoniyi was inches away from putting his team ahead after 30 seconds, but he had strayed a fraction offside despite firing into the bottom corner of goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.
In the 24th minute, Marco Rose’s men doubled their advantage as Erling Haaland’s bullet header from Thomas Meunier’s cross sailed past a helpless Luther.
Awoniyi was then replaced by Behrens in the 55th minute, whereas his compatriots at the Berlin-based side, Anthony Ujah and Suleiman Abdullahi were not dressed for action.
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