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Ighalo boosts Al Shabab’s title hopes with goal and assist against Al Ain

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Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, scored one and laid on an assist, as Al Shabab beat Al Ain 5-1 at home, to boost their Saudi Pro League title hopes.

Ighalo who scored twice in his team’s 4-3 loss to Al Ittifaq last Friday, continued with his goalscoring run on Wednesday, as they ended their back-to-back defeats in the league.

Seba opened the scoring for Al Shabab in the 36th minute and Ighalo doubled the lead in the 41st minute.

The lead was halved by Senegal midfielder Badou Ndiaye who scored Al Ain’s only goal in the encounter.

After the break, Al Shabab continued their goals party with Ever Banega making it 3-1 and Ighalo returned Guanca’s first-half gesture with an assist for the Argentine to stretch their lead to 4-1 in the 72nd minute.

Igor Lichnovsky wrapped up the maximum points for the White Lions with seven minutes left on the clock.

Ighalo was replaced in the 76th minute by Turki Al-Ammar.

Since he moved to Saudi Arabia in February, the former Manchester United striker has scored six goals in his 11 league appearances.

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Chukwuemeka makes Premier League debut for Aston Villa

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Carney Chukwuemeka made his Premier League debut in Aston Villa colours on Wednesday, as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.

The 17-year-old was introduced to replace Zimbabwe midfielder Marvelous Nakamba in the 89th minute.

By that time, the game had been settled, as Dean Smith's men ended their three-game winless run in the league.

Sergio Reguilon's own goal and Ollie Watkins' match-winning goal, courtesy of an assist from Burkina Faso's Bertrand Traore, completed the turnaround for Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after Steven Bergwijn's eight-minute opener for the hosts.

Not long after his introduction, Chukwuemeka was close to marking his debut outing in the English top-flight with a goal but his effort was denied by the post.

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