Odion Ighalo: A debut and a goal….

Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo made his English Premiership debut against Everton yesterday. Ighalo came in as a 74th minute substitute replacing Miguel Layun and scored a nice goal in the 83rd minute. The match ended two goals apiece. Mexican Miguel Layun fired Watford ahead on the half-volley in the first half after Everton failed to clear. Ross Barkley’s stunning effort brought the home side level before Odion Ighalo’s composed strike gave the Hornets the lead for a second time. But three minutes later, substitute Kone snatched a draw with an angled finish across Heurelho Gomes. Much of Everton’s play was laboured and ponderous and, despite improving in the second half, they owed their recovery to a moment of brilliance from Barkley. The 21-year-old’s right-footed strike flew high into Gomes’s goal and once Watford’s defence had been breached, the home side seemed to gather momentum where in the first half it would peter out. There was an element of fortune about Layun’s opening goal but there was nothing lucky about but Ighalo’s strike. The Nigerian striker dummied two Everton defenders before coolly slotting home to put Watford back in the lead, only for Kone to rescue the Toffees with just his second goal for the club.

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