Stars Abroad

Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze was reported to be on impressive form on Thursday, March 7 when Villarreal CF pulled a 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 fixture. 

Chukwueze who however failed to make the Super Eagles' call-up ahead of Seychelles and Egypt games was called up to show his qualities against the Russian side at the Gazprom Arena.

Former Leicester City player Vincente Iborra opened the scoring line for the away side in the 33rd minute while the hosts provided a quick equaliser in the 35th minute Sardar Azmoun.

Villareal pushed for the maximum points in the second half with Gerard Moreno giving the visiting side the lead in the 64th minute before Manu Molanes ensured that the Yellow Submariners will be playing more comfortably at home.

Chukwuezewho has had lesser playing time in the La Liga in the past few games was handed a starting berth and was on for the entire duration of the game.

Reacting to the win, Chukwueze took to his Twitter handle to appreciate his teammates. “@VillarrealCF [email protected] great away win”

Meanwhile, the manager Javi Calleja has tasked the players to extend their Europa League form to the La Liga Santander.

“Now we need to rest and think about the La Liga once more. This match should be an example for us. We need to forget the pressure and goo into the matches as we do in Europe."

"Now we are playing against Levante and we are going into the match trying to get out of the bottom three.”

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