Chukwueze: A 16years Record, And Stats Behind His Champions League Goal

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 Samuel Chukwueze came off the bench to score and help Villarreal advance to their second UEFA Champions League semifinal.

 With the game heading into extra time, Chukwueze, who replaced Arnaut Danjuma in the 84th minute, scored a last-gasp equaliser that sent the La Liga outfit through.

Chukwueze celebrates goal

The yellow submarines beat the German champions over two legs with a 2-1 aggregate score.

The Records

The goal is the first by a Nigerian in a Champions League knockout round in over 15 years.

The last time a Nigerian player, Mikel Obi got to the UCL semis, he went on to win the cup in 2012.

The last time Villareal made it to the UCL semi-finals was 16 years ago, in 2006, before losing to Arsenal.

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Also, it is the first goal scored by a Nigerian in the quarter-final of the Champions League since March 2006.

Coincidentally, Obafemi Martins scored for Inter Milan against Villarreal in the same 2006 season they reached the first semi-finals.

Chukwueze is also the first Nigerian to score in a Champions League knockout game since John Obi Mikel in a round of 16 games against PSG in 2016.

Chukwueze: The Stats

Villareal only made two shots on target in 180 minutes of football and both converted.

Although Chukwueze played for only six minutes, he accounted for three touches, one cross and one shot on target.

Meanwhile, the goal is Chukwueze’s second UCL goal of the season after scoring from another substitute appearance in the group stage.

Chukwueze came on as a sub and scored with his first touch for Villarreal in a UEFA champions league game against Young Boys of Switzerland. 

Villarreal won the game 4-1.

The Nigeria international’s goal is the fifth scored by a substitute for Unai Emery’s men in the 2021-22 season.

Out of the five, Chukwueze is responsible for two of the goals.

 A feat only achieved by Premier League side Manchester City.

Can Chukwueze end Nigeria’s 19years wait for a UCL Semi-finals goal?

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