Brown-Ideye-Malaga-Nigerian-Footballer
By
Clement Nwankpa Jr
Las
Palmas defeated Malaga 1-0 in a LaLiga tie on Monday thanks to Allen
Halilovic’s 90th minute strike.
Considering
both teams’ positions at the foot of the table, the points meant so
much.
Meanwhile,
three Nigerians made their debuts for both teams after their winter
moves.
Oghenekaro
Etebo filed out for Las Palmas while Brown Ideye and Isaac Success
featured for Malaga. Emmanuel Emenike wasn’t listed for LP. How did
they fare?
ETEBO
He
was on from start to finish and was easily the liveliest player on
the pitch featuring from the central midfield. When the LP number 6
was not breaking up play, he was either turning away in the middle of
the park and driving his team forward or hitting a long range canon.
He popped up from one box to the other at will.
Key
moments:
30′
Hits a bullet from about 25 yards…Wide
36′
Turns away on the counter but is fouled by Malaga defender. That
saved a potentially dangerous situation. The defender goes into the
referee’s books.
58′
Hits it from 20 yards… The ball is headed for the top corner but
keeper tips it over. Corner kick…
59′
From the ensuing corner, he latches unto a loose ball and unleashes
another canon from about 25 yards this time but its wide.
70′
He turns away expertly but is dragged down by the opponent; the ball
is well covered and he is still in a position to deliver the pass
from his crawling position but the referee gives the foul.
Verdict/World
Cup chance:
Really an eye-catching performance. A
man-of-the-match display. Even if LP doesn’t survive the drop, he has
done his reputation a world of good and other LaLiga teams must have
taken note. Cut the picture of Naby Keita at RB Leipzig with his
all-action style. He has done no harm to his World Cup place.
IDEYE
Ideye
is noted for his good link-up play when he leads the line. Malaga’s
number 12 played all 90 minutes and was isolated up front but was the
focal point in attack. The tactic was to get him hold the ball up and
play his team mates through on the counter.
Key
moments:
37′
He breaks away on the counter and is goal-bound only to be pulled
down by Gabriel Penalba. The defender is booked.
52′
He holds the ball up and plays Samuel through but Samuel trips even
with the keeper at his mercy.
57′
He takes the ball down with his chest, turns, gets to the byline and
crosses but Keko’s effort is saved by keeper
72′
Clash of heads between him and Etebo. Etebo appears more hurt but
didn’t need the medics.
75′
He holds the ball up down the right and delivers a cross-field pass
to Samuel. Samuel gets past his marker down the left but his cross to
Ideye, who had advanced to the box ready to pounce, is somehow looped
over. The ball evades Ideye’s head.
84′
That seemed the moment. He has a clear view of goal and is set to
pull the trigger but a last ditch clearance by Aguirre Garay saves
the situation for LP.
Verdict/World
Cup chance:
A typical Ideye performance. He doesn’t score many
but is a veritable foil for willing strike partners. This move was
obviously geared towards securing his World Cup place and this
performance brightened his chances. More of this could get him in
that World Cup plane. If he came here to get Rohr’s attention, he
must have done that in this game. His experience will suffice at the
Mundial and with such quality game time, he can’t be ignored.
Isaac Success
SUCCESS
Malaga
is bottom of the table and was more desperate for the points. Donning
number 17, Success came on in the 80th minute with the game still
goalless and the team desirous of a breakthrough. He played from the
left side of the attack but had little time to assert himself.
Key
moments
83′
Michel Marcedo is freed down LP right flank but Success tracks back
to thwart danger.
86′
A corner-kick…He aims at a diving header but Gonzalez clears.

 

Verdict/World
Cup chance:
Still smarting from his underachievement at Watford.
The potentials are there…He tried to bring some urgency to the
attack but huffed and puffed most of the time. Needed more minutes to
enter full gear. This department is stocked in the national team.
Needs show-stopping performances to gatecrash the World Cup party.
More game time will suffice.

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