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Samuel Chukwueze sets new Villarreal record

Samuel Chukwueze
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The Nigeria international scored his first La Liga goal of the season to briefly move Villarreal back on level terms with Barcelona.

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Samuel Chukwueze became Villarreal’s top goalscorer against Barcelona at the Estadio de la Cerámica on Saturday.

The Nigerian winger replaced Yeremi Pino as a second-half substitute to cancel out Frenkie de Jong’s opening goal with a 76th-minute equalizer. In doing so, he bagged a club record.

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Chukwueze’s strike was his third goal in four league games against Barcelona at Villarreal’s home ground, more than any other player has ever managed for the Spanish club.

The 22-year-old’s intervention set up a tense finale to the game, but a defensive mix-up allowed Memphis Depay to restore Barcelona’s lead. Substitute Philippe Coutinho then scored a late penalty to seal Villarreal’s fate in a 3-1 defeat.

Chukwueze hopes to add to his tally on Tuesday when Unai Emery’s men return to action for a Copa del Rey clash with Victoria CF.

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