Samuel Chukwueze came off the bench to lit up the Estadio de la Cerámica, Friday night, to the delight of his fans as Villarreal secured a 5-1 win against Real Betis on game week seven in La Liga.
The Yellow Submarines picked up a convincing 5-1 victory over Real Betis although the match was delicately poised at 1-1 until the Super Eagles youngster entered the fray.
The home side had led 1-0 at the break thanks to Karl Toko Ekambi, but were pegged back by the visitors just three minutes into the second half.
The game’s magical moments did not however arrive until Chukwueze was introduced in the 57th minute, with the Nigerian making an immediate impact by earning a penalty which veteran Santi Cazorla cooly converted.
Another Karl Toko Ekambi strike soon after made it 3-1 after yet another Chukwueze break away before Gerard Moreno scored the hosts’ fourth of the evening two minutes into injury time.
There was enough time however for Chukwueze to grab his much deserved goal, rounding off a man-of-the-match performance for Javier Calleja’s men.
#VillarrealRealBetis | 5-1 🚨 94' | GOALLLLLL!!! You better not have stopped watching or left La Cerámica in added time! @chukwueze_8 runs from deep, cuts inside onto his left and places it in off the post. Brilliant! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/kn684cHLpy
— Villarreal CF English (@VillarrealCFen) September 27, 2019
Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their delight at the 20-year-old’s outstanding display in just his first full season in the La Liga Santander:
57': Chukwueze comes on for Villarreal with scores at 1-1
68': Chukwueze wins a penalty (2-1)
76': Chukwueze starts off a counter and gets involved in another goal
90+4': Chukwueze scores a solo goal
— Soar Super Eagles (@SSE_NGA) September 27, 2019
Samuel Chukwueze vs Betis
1 penalty won
80% pass accuracy
1 dribble won
1 key pass
Game changer. 20-year-old Nigerian is such a wonderful player! 💛🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/TkhILdwV3d
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) September 27, 2019
Sam Chukwueze's goal vs Real Betis.
I pray for chukwueze…. guy has everything to be one of our greats!!
May nothing stop his growth…circle, management, attitude and whatsoever…NOTHING!
— Uche Jombo Rodriguez (@uchejombo) September 27, 2019
Villarreal were drawing 1-1 with Betis, heading nowhere, Villarreal manager Javier Calleja had seen enough and called upon his main man, Samuel Chukwueze and the rest is history. Villarreal 5-1 Betis. Chukwueze made Betis suffer, including a goal to cap a wonderful performance.
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) September 27, 2019
The European media won't hype him..
You will barely see him trending..
Some Nigerians don't even know him..
Buh I know you as a great talent and I'm a fan..
Chukwueze is the next biggest thing ..🙌 pic.twitter.com/A3eFk4GnTl
— Ifeanyichukwu (@AnyiBM1) September 27, 2019
I’ve not prayed for a Nigerian footballer to be successful the way I do for Chukwueze. Lad is so good and humble I pray nothing hinders his growth.
He has everything to be one of the best footballers to ever come out of 🇳🇬.
— Sirwole (@Sirwoley) September 27, 2019
Chukwueze can be our Messi 😭😭😭pic.twitter.com/EndOUPzETU
— Izu of BUJ (@heisizumichaels) September 27, 2019
Gbenu Oshi soun 😒😒
Hope you're seeing Chukwueze??
Head like pear 😒😒 https://t.co/XWsOmky0D5
— P R PLACE (@PRPlaceng) September 27, 2019
Chukwueze was on fire tonight 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/woR8LpGIXw
— Tonny Chauke ka Tomu (@TonnyChauke2) September 27, 2019
Chukwueze is the most talented nigerian winger I've seen in years
— timi (@realtimio) September 27, 2019