Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chukwueze admitted he was happy to score on Saturday, but conceded that he was also disappointed that his side could not win away to Alaves in the Spanish LaLiga, megasportsarena.com reports.
The 22-year-old product of Diamond Football Academy of Umuahia, who has been in fine form of recent with The Yellow Submarine, had a bitter-sweet evening, as his side 2-1 to Alaves at Mendizorroza in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist and bronze winner in the Super Eagles’ squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, was started by Villarreal’s coach, Unai Emery on the right flank.
Chukwueze went on to hold his own perfectly on a personal level, but it was a different kettle of fish for the collective team, as their hosts settled quickly and needed just four minutes to get the ball in the back of the net.
Luis Rioja’s good cross into the danger zone was intercepted by the defenders and it went out for a corner. From the set piece, Joselu managed to flick the ball with his head to the unmarked Victor Laguardia, who maximised the chance to hand his team the lead.
The first meaningful contribution for Chukwueze was after 15 minutes when he received the ball in the 18-yard area, but his one-time effort was way off target.
In the 30th minute, he once again missed a chance to make when he took too long to make a decision in the danger zone, and the opposing defender successfully stole the ball from him.
It happened to be a costly miss as Alaves doubled their advantage a minute later. Ruben Duarte found Gonzalo Escalante in the area and the latter cut in beautifully before rifling the ball past the goalkeeper.
Chukwueze, finally, managed to score in the 47th minute, thereby setting up a tense finale but the hosts held on to bag maximum points.
He controlled a Giovani Lo Celso pass well before advancing into the danger zone and unleashing a powerful shot past Fernando Pacheco in the Alaves goal.