Crotone are fighting for their lives in the Italian Serie A and their Nigerian import Simeon Nwankwo (Simy) has hit form just at the right time, his goals have been instrumental in helping Crotone go 4 points clear of the relegation zone as the battle for survival intensifies among teams at the basement of the league table.
Simy was on target last week with a sumptuous overhead kick to help Crotone earn a draw against mighty Juventus in the Italian Serie A. On Sunday Simy was on hand to notch up two goals as Crotone thrashed Sassuolo 4-1 at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Simy scored in the 16th minute to make the score 2-0, this was after Marcello Trotta scored as early as the 3rd minute to give Crotone the lead.
Simy again was on hand in the 89th minute to score his second and Crotone’s fourth to wrap up a comfortable 4-1 win for Crotone at home against struggling Sassuolo. Simy has now scored three goals in his last two matches for Crotone and has helped them garner four points from a possible six.
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Simy has made 20 appearance for Crotone this season in the Italian Serie A, the match against Sassuolo was only his 8th start of the season and he has scored a total of 6 goals in the Serie A so far. The former Gil Vicente of Portugal striker has played a total of 939 minutes in the league.
In China, Odion Ighalo after a slow start to the season is now setting the Chinese Super League alight with goals, last week he scored four goals against helpless Guizhou Hengfeng.
This Sunday the Super Eagles striker scored a brace against Shanghai SIPG, who are the current league leaders and parade the two Brazilians Oscar and Hulk. Odion Ighalo opened the scoring for Changchun Yatai in the 14th minute and in the 41st minute, Lei Wu levelled the scores for Shanghai SIPG.
In the second period, Odion Ighalo scored again in the 69th minute to give Changchun Yatai the lead, the Brazilian Hulk would have equalised for Shanghai SIPG in the 77th minute through the spot but he missed the penalty and Changchun Yatai hanged on for the vital win which is their third of the season.
Odion Ighalo has now scored seven goals in eight matches for Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League, he has played and started all eight league matches for Changchun Yatai this season. The former Watford striker who joined Changchun Yatai in 2017 scored 15 goals for the Chinese club last season.