Former Chelsea player Victor Moses, the architect of Spartak’s victory; West Brom’s Semi Ajayi stars in Barnsley rout

The former Nigeria international delivered a man-of-the-match performance to inspire the Muscovites to an excellent away win in the Urals

Nigerian winger Victor Moses scored one and assisted another to propel Spartak Moscow to a fine 3-1 win over Urals at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Matchday 28 of the Russian Premier League.

A mid-season dip had condemned Spartak to a mediocre campaign with arrivals in European places beyond their reach.

But Paolo Vanoli’s men traveled to Yekaterinburg on the strength of two wins in their last three matches and made it three wins in four thanks to two brilliant moments from their Nigerian import.

Former Chelsea and Inter Milan player Moses set up Jamaican striker Shamar Nicholson in the 26th minute to double the popular side’s advantage after the same player gave the visitors a lead at the 11th minute.

The former Super Eagles forward netted three zeros for Spartak on the half hour mark as the Gladiators entered the break with a healthy advantage.

Goglichidze scored for the home side but Spartak held on to seal their seventh win of the season.

In the Championship, the impressive performance of versatile Nigerian defender Semi Ajayi helped West Brom record a 4-0 win over Barnsley at The Hawthorns.

Ajayi, who teamed up with O’Shea at the heart of the Baggies’ four-man defense, was rock solid as the home side earned their third clean sheet on the rebound.

The former Arsenal centre-back was also credited with the assist for Ahearne-Grant’s goal, West Brom’s fourth of the afternoon.

Despite the victory, West Brom are not in contention for a promotion playoff spot, with the Baggies trailing sixth place Luton Town by eight points with just two more regular season games to play.

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