Newly crowned Nigeria young player of the year Samuel Chukwueze was on target in Villarreal‘s 4-4 played draw with Barcelona at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Chukwueze who was on Monday named the Young Player of the Year at the NFF/Aiteo Awards at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagosalmost helped his team to a famous victory, but brilliant free-kick from Leonel Messi and last gaps strike from Luis Suarez rescued a point for Barcelona.
Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Malcom had put theCatalans ahead, before Samuel Chukwueze, Karl Tolo Ekambi and Vicente Iborra turned the game around for Javier Calleja’s men.
Carlos Bacca thought he had sealed the win after scoring Villarreal’s fourth with 10 minutes remaining, however the game completely turned around when Alvaro Gonzalez was sent off for a secondbookable offence.
With Villarreal down to ten men , Ernesto Valverde men went all out for the equaliser , which they got in the last kick of the game from Luis Suarez after their talisman Messi had came off the bench to reduce the deficit.
Chukwueze 19 has now scored four goals in 19 games this seasonfor his club. And he has two assists to his credit.
The result is a huge blow for Villarreal’s battle against relegation from La Liga.