Samuel Chukwueze’s Double inspires Villarreal To Victory
Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze’s double inspired Villarreal to a commanding 5-1 away victory against Levante in match day 31 of the Spanish La Liga at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
The victory took the Yellow Submarine to 49 points in the Spanish top-flight and kept alive their hopes of finishing in the European places.
Unai Emery’s team got ahead very quickly as Sergio Postigo turned Mario Gasper’s cross into his own net in the ninth minute, before in-form striker Gerard Moreno doubled the advantage with a brilliant effort.
Levante managed to pull a goal back through Mickael Malsa before the interval.
In the 63rd minute, a quick piece of play between Moreno, Paco Alcácer and Chukwueze ended in the Submarine’s third goal.
Moreno played a long ball over the top for Alcácer, who controlled the ball perfectly and played it for the Nigerian to calmly beat Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernández.
With 70 minutes on the clock, the Yellows were in complete control. An Alcácer shot blocked by Fernández ended up in an goal after hitting Rubén Vezo, making the scoreline 1-4.
Villarreal’s fifth arrived just three minutes later. After a great run by Chukwueze to get away from his markers, the Nigerian got on the edge of a ball over the home defenders and finished calmly.
It was the Nigerian international’s first double in La Liga since his debut back in the 2018-2019 season.
The match finished 5-1 to the visitors, who have been in fine form.
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— Villarreal CF English (@Eng_Villarreal) April 18, 2021
“It’s a convincing win that gives us a lot of confidence and reinforces the work we’re doing,” Villarreal coach Unai Emery said. “We’re focused on continuing to find resources that help the team’s internal competive nature and help us grow as a team.”
Emery also highlighted Samuel Chukwueze’s influence in the match, with the Nigerian scoring twice against Levante.
“He’s a very young player who has to find consistency. We need to take steps forward with him and be demanding,” Emery added. “He’s a footballer with great quality. He has a lot of talent, but he needs to improve in front of goal. Today he put in a great performance and managed to score.”
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) April 18, 2021
Villarreal will face Deportivo Alavés in their next domestic fixture on April 21, eight days before hosting Arsenal in the semifinals of the Europa League.
Sunday’s La Liga results
Atletico Madrid 5-0 Eibar
Deportivo Alaves 1-0 SD Huesca
Cadiz 0-0 Celta Vigo
Real Betis 2-2 Valencia
Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid
Levante 1-5 Villarreal.