Nigeria Players Abroad: Samuel Chukwueze nets second La Liga goal of the season

Nigeria international winger Samuel Chukwueze netted his second goal in consecutive Laliga games to inspire Villarreal to a 2-1 win over Real Betis Balompié Sunday.

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The 19 year-old continued his brilliant form, netting Villareal’s second of the match after 52 minutes — two minutes after centre forward, Gerard Moreno had powered a header off Santi Cazorla’s corner into the bottom corner.

The Yellow Submarines pressed their visitors with intent right from the start, with the Nigerian having the best chance in the first half — a one-on-one with Pau López fter being put through by Manuel Tigueros — only to be denied by the keeper.

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Seven minutes after the restart, Gerard Moreno headed in a cross from Santi Carzola’s corner to give Javi Calleja’s side the lead.

The lead was doubled two minutes later, when former Arsenal man, Cazorla, set up Chukwueze on the right side of the box, and the Nigerian fired into the far corner, taking his tally to three in seven senior appearances in all competitions.

Betis, however, pulled a goal back, just before the end of regulation time through Substitute, Giovanni Lo Celso, as Villarreal held on to their first La Liga win at Estadio de la Cerámica this season.

Chukwueze could make his fourth appearance in Europe when Villarreal visit Rangers for a Europa League, Group G, matchday five tie at the Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow on Thursday•

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