Nigeria Olympic star forward Sadiq Umar played his first game for Bologna in over three months bringing to an end a frustrating on the sidelines.
Injuries have limited his appearances for Bologna, where he will spend the rest of the season on loan, but his return was not the best as his team fell 1-3 to Sampdoria despite his introduction in the 45th minute for Mattia Destro.
In Turkey on loan Esperance of Tunisia forward Emem Eduok picked up the man of the match award after bagging a goal and an assist for Kasimpasa in their 4-0 thrashing of league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.
The other Nigerian at Kasimpasa Kenneth Otigba was an unused substitute just as it has been in the league for him, despite his goal scoring act from the defensive in the Cup games.
Still in Turkey, Raheem Lawal had a first half to remember in a long time for Kayserispor as they shock league giants Galatasaray 2-1 away from home.
Lawal was substituted four minutes after the hour mark when his influence on the game waned, but the out of favour Eagles midfielder didn’t believe so as he showed his dismay at been taking off by the manager.
Super Eagles deputy left back Kingsley Madu ended up on the losing side with Belgium title challengers Zulte-Waregem who were beaten 2-4 by Anderlecht.
Madu was introduced for Brian Hamalainen with just seven minute left to play in the tie, which further reduced their hope of nicking the title at the end of the regular season in Belgium.