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Awoniyi, Aina go down with Forest vs 10-man City, Chukwueze benched


TAIWO Awoniyi and Ola Aina were both involved today but could not help Nottingham Forest escape from a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

The Super Eagles stars both started for the visitors as the champions maintained their top spot in the standings through goals from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland in the first half.

City were reduced to 10 men at the beginning of the second half when Rodri was sent off for an off-the-ball altercation with Morgan Gibbs-White but Nottingham Forest could not take advantage despite dominating possession.

Awoniyi, who was involved in a harmless ‘battle of heads’ with City goalkeeper Ederson, was taken off in the 75th minute after failing to score or assist for the first time in a Premier League game this season.

Aina was also replaced at the same time in a double change.

Also in England today but in the second-tier Championship, Wilfred Ndidi was on from the start while Kelechi Iheanacho was a second-half substitute as Leicester City kept up their impressive start to life in the lower division.

Veteran striker Jamie Vardy struck from the penalty spot in the 68th minute to give the Foxes a 1-0 home win over Bristol City.

The Englishman was replaced by Iheanacho with two minutes left on the clock, the same time Ndidi made way.

Leicester City are on top of the table with 21 points from eigth matches, ahead of second-placed Ipswich Town on goal difference.

In Italy, Super Eagles forward Samuel Chukwueze was an unused substitute as AC Milan defeated Verona 1-0 to go to the top of the Serie A table.

Chukwueze is yet to start any game in Serie A since joining Milan from Villarreal in the summer although he was in the starting line-up in the UEFA Champions League fixture against Newcastle United in midweek.

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