By Izuchukwu Okosi
Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo was in action for Championship side Stoke City at the Elland Road Sunday evening but had a disappointing debut in the second tier of English club football as the Potters were defeated 3-1 by home team Leeds United.
Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez, Liam Cooper scored for Leeds while Benik Afobe converted a penalty for Stoke City.
Etebo saw a sixth minute shot deflected off target by Congo DR striker Benik Afobe.
Polish forward Klich scored his first senior goal for Leeds United and the first of the contest in the 15th minute.
Etebo who was one of the few shining lights in Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia had a similar chance before the half hour mark following a counter attack but his left footed shot was weak and consequently saved by Bailey Peacock Farrel.
Stoke’s Tom Ince saw his 22nd minute shot come off the crossbar albeit most of the clear cut scoring chances fell the way of Leeds managed by the legendary Marcelo Bielsa.
Pablo Hernandez’s low shot just before the half time break squirmed through the right hand of Stoke keeper Jack Butland for the second Leeds’ goal.
Tom Ince was fouled in the Leeds’ penalty box in the 52nd minute and Afobe stepped up to score from the spot.
Leeds reestablished their two goal lead five minutes after the Stoke goal as captain Cooper heads home from a corner kick.
In the 62nd minute, Stoke City forward James McClean was furious with the Nigerian international Etebo for a poor pass. Shortly, the former Warri Wolves player was then replaced by Darren Fletcher.
Former England international Peter Crouch came off the bench also for Stoke but the away side were unable to produce a comeback.