Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze has yet received plaudits after he came off the bench to score Villarreal’s historic equaliser against Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League tie at the Allianz Arena .
Chukwueze was barely four minutes as a second half substitute for ‘Dutch-Nigerian’ Arnaut Danjuma in the 84th minute before smashing home the equaliser in the 88th minute to cancel Robert Lewandoski’s 52nd lead for Bayern .
The result gave Villarreal a 2-1 aggregate following their first leg’s 1-0 home win as they qualified for their first UCL semi-final in 16 years.
Chukwueze’s goal would then be described as ‘tremendous’ by editors of Villarreal’s website who noted inter alia in their reportage: “In the 82nd minute, Danjuma could have scored the equaliser with a low effort after Gerard Moreno sent him through. The Submarine were getting close to a goal.
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“In the 88th minute, Samu Chukwueze made the dream come true with a great Villarreal CF goal. A fantastic counter-attack started by Dani Parejo, driven forward by Gio Lo Celso and Gerard and finished perfectly by the Nigerian striker, who didn’t falter against Manuel Neuer. Tremendous.”
Yet coach Unai Emery has equally underlined the solidity of his side which eventually culminated into Chukwueze’s heroic goal.
“It was a perfect match in defence,” the 50-year-old former Arsenal coach said after the game.“ It’s the only way against teams like this with great attacking capability.
“We were going to get our chances because we have players who give their all.”
He added :“I’m happy for him (Chukwueze) and everyone. The round of 16 game against Juventus gave us a lot of confidence and here it was another huge game.
“The first leg had already said a lot about us. We were perfect in defense.”
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