It was a case of different yet similar strokes for two Nigerian players at Udinese of Italy, as Stefano Chuka Okaka struck the only goal in the Udnine-based club’s 1-0 win over visiting Bologna, while William Troost-Ekong went into the referee’s bad book, megasportsarena.com reports.
Okaka, though, also dramatically got a yellow card in the encounter, as his 27th minute winner was followed by his booking in the 41st, while Troost-Ekong suffered the same fate in the 77th minute of play, but they held on for a famous home victory at Dacia Arena.
While Troost-Ekong lasted all 90 minutes of the game on Sunday, Okaka was replaced by in the 61st minute, but the former Fulham and Watford of England Italian ex-international had done enough for a good day out in front of the home fans.
The result on Sunday took Udinese to 10th placed, just one point behind Bologna on the Serie A table, with Okaka and Troost-Ekong’s team now on seven points, while their visitors have eight, which is also only one behind Ola Aina’s 8th placed AS Torino, who pulled off a stunning 2-1 win against visiting AC Milan on Thursday.
Aina played 86 minutes of that game and also got a yellow card in the 81st minute, as Andrea Belotti inspired a second-half turnaround with two goals against The Rossoneri, to pile more pain on the fallen giants of Italian football as they slid down to 13th in the Serie A table.
Milan, reeling from a 2-0 derby defeat by Inter, got off to a strong start when Polish forward Krzysztof Piatek converted a penalty in the 18th minute.
Italy striker Belotti missed a clear chance for the hosts just before halftime but made amends by levelling in the 72nd minute with a thumping strike from outside the area which proved too powerful for Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Milan goal.
Belotti put his side in front four minutes later with a scrappy yet emphatic finish, pouncing on another poor piece of goalkeeping by Donnarumma to bundle the loose ball towards the net, then conjuring up a scissor kick to smash it into the net.
Simone Zaza should have sealed victory for Torino in stoppage time when he tore towards goal alone but slipped over as he tried to round Donnarumma.
Torino were instead made to sweat for all three points, relying on an impressive save from goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to thwart Piatek from point-blank range and inflict a third defeat in five games on six-times European champions Milan, who fell to 13th on the log with six points.