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Euro Round-Up: Chukwueze On Target In Villarreal ‘ s Thrilling Home Draw Vs Barcelona, Troost-Ekong Absent As Udinese Hold Milan In San Siro

Euro Round-Up: Chukwueze On Target In Villarreal ‘ s  Thrilling Home Draw Vs Barcelona,  Troost-Ekong Absent As Udinese Hold Milan In San Siro

Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze was on target and also provided an assist in Villarreal ‘ s thrilling 4-4 home draw against Barcelona at the Estadio de la Cerámica on Tuesday night ,  reports Completesports.com


Philipe Coutinho opened scoring for Barcelona in the 12th minute,  while Brazilian winger Malcom doubled the visitors advantage four minutes later.


Chukwueze led the fight back when he reduced the deficit in the 23rd minute and provided the assist for Toko Ekambi equaliser five minutes after the break.


Vicente Iborra put Villarreal ahead for the first time in the game two minutes after the hour mark,  while Carlos Bacca netted the fourth 10 minutes from time.


Barcelona rallied back with two late goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.


Chukwueze who was replaced by Daniele Bonera two  minutes from time has now scored four goals in 19 league appearances for the Yellow Submarines this season.


In Italy, William Troost-Ekong was not in action as Udinese rallied back from a goal down to draw 1-1 at the Giuseppe Meaza Stadium,  San Siro.


Krzysztof Piątek put Milan ahead a minute before the break, while Kevin Lasagna equalised for the visitors in the 64th minute.


Jamilu Collins was in action for 90 minutes as Paderborn suffered a 2-0 home loss to Hamburg in their DFB Pokal clash.



By Adeboye Amosu







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  • Barth 2 years ago

    O’boy, this guy chukwueze is something else, pure talent, Nigeria has got a gem on their hands!.

    • Friday Ademu 2 years ago

      Chukwueze is a huge talent. All he needs is humility, hard work and focus. He needs prayers too because of forces beyond the ordinary.
      Collins is doing well too. AFCON 2019 is going to be great for Nigeria judging from the talents we have at our disposal

  • Vitalis 2 years ago

    This young lady, Chukwueze is a magician, the boy is so good, I think we now have someone that can compete with with the likes of Sala, Mane and Aubamiyang for African best, he was a thorn on the flesh of Barcelona defenders, always fast with the ball and he has some accurate passes, keep it up boy, we are proud of you.

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  • Olupotan 2 years ago

    The teenage boy was a joy to watch. He was the man of the match by a mile. Lenglet and Jordi Alba were no match for him. This is the real gem of a player we have been able to unearth for quite a while now. He should be on the plane to Egypt.

    • Thank you Olupotan.

      From what I saw yesterday, Chukwueze is one of those prime species of a breed of modern day wingers who can play anywhere in the final third to combine speed and pace with deft passes and clinical finishes.

      They young man is packed with all the flavors needed to be accomplished CF, LF, RF, RW, LW and SS roles.

      Okay, forget the goal he scored for one minute, did you see his passes? Did you see his hold up play? did you see his link up routines? Did you see his decision making?

      Rohr has a decision to make: if Chukwueze can play – and score – against Barcelona, I think he is good enough to play against Guinea, Ghana and Burkina Faso!

      • Ikeben 2 years ago


      • Pompei 2 years ago

        Deo, you don talk am finish. I don praise the boy tire for this forum. Any more praise from me, and people will begin to wonder if I am the boy’s father, or his agent. No be me born am ooo, and I no be em agent. Na wetin my eye see, I dey talk.

        • Shut up your mouth dere all of you… I am the only one that has been backing this boy on this forum.

  • Barth 2 years ago

    I love watching chukwueze over and over again, he can unlock any defence with his mazy runs and decisive passes, I hope Rohr watched this match. This chukwueze show proved why he was voted Nigerian young player of the year award. He won it by merit. Samuel Kalu, Onyekuru and moses Simon, I bet you up your games, if not, if chukwueze stays fit from now till next year, one of you must kiss good bye to super eagles except there are injury concerns.

  • Ikeben 2 years ago

    @Barth, None of them needs to kiss Super Eagles good bye. These are the faces of the new Super Eagles. They can play multiple positions, both at flanks, and as forwards, Chukwueze can also play as AM. So it only makes the team, stronger when the bench is very good. And besides, you cannot guarantee fitness for all at any time t. So the near future is indeed very bright.

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    It was really nice to sit back and watch Chukwueze toy with Jordi Alba. A whole Jordi Alba, na em Chukwueze dey take make yeye like small pikin! Not only Alba. Chukwueze terrorised the Barca defence constantly, slicing thru them at will, like a red hot knife thru butter. The dribbling runs, passes, off the ball movement, and that delicious left foot – he looks to me like a clone of Arjen Robben. Only, he might end up being even better than Robben. A fantastic prospect indeed.

  • Emeka 2 years ago

    Chukwueze is good no doubt, but he needs to maintain HIGH level of discipline to reach that TOP level

    • Adisboy 2 years ago

      Emeka did you watch the game yesterday? If you did you will not use the word “good”. The boy is NEXT LEVEL. This is the best talent i have seen from Naija, and yes that includeds the 1994 set, for the last 30 years. Simply incredible.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Lets just keep praying for these boys. Really….injuries, wrong moves, lifestyle….any of these can derail them…we’ve had excellent world class youngsters like chris ohehen, mutiu adepoju, femi opabunmi, victor brown, John Obi Mikel, Obafemi Martins, rabiu ibrahim, Kelechi iheanacho. These are guys that had an excellent beginning, but somehow we couldn’t reap much from their potentials. Chukwueze was crazy last night, every good thing that came out of viallreal’s attack came through him, big game player any day. When Messi was subbed in the cameras shifted focus from messi to sam immediately after the sub. That in its self sends a message, Samuel is really attracting the kind of attention real world class talismen enjoy…lets just keep praying for him that any of injuries, wrong moves or lifestyle doesn’t come in between Samuel and this glittering future i see ahead of him. But one thing is certain….Villarreal have one hell of a fight on their hands to keep this kid. A gold fish has no hiding place…!

    • Raymond 2 years ago

      thanks to u emeka u have said it all they should allow the boy to grow dis and enjoy his game too much of praise or hip is not gud 4 him now so fat it will not get into his head

      • Adisboy 2 years ago

        I see what Emeka is saying and it is the prudent and responsible thing to do, but bros i was simply blown away by the kid yesterday. It’s not just the skills, it was the intelligence, awareness and ball control. He always seem to find spaces between the lines which gave the Barcelona defenders an absolutely torrid time. That kind of awareness and intelligence i.e. finding spaces is difficult to find in Naija players. This what makes the likes of Messi, Mbappe, Ronaldo, Hazard etc special players.

        • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

          You weren’t the only one who was blown away @Adisboy. I was gushing at every of his move. He almost killed Real Madrid earlier in the season too…..Sergio Ramos had to quickly call a brief family meeting with casemiro and marcelo before they could contain him. A whole Ramos, call meeting on top Chukwueze matter o. Awesome kid….really awesome kid he is.

  • I watched the second half and the stats are amazing:

    86 minutes played
    5shots on goal
    1 goal
    1 assist
    twice hit the woodwork
    1 shot palmed to safety by the Barca keeper
    left the field with his team 4-2 up against barca

    Then Messi and Suarez equalized in the 90th and 93rd minute after he was substituted and his team went a man down.

    I couldn’t take my eyes off the match and its obvious he was pumped up for that game.

    His link up play with Cazorla, Bacca, Ekambi was subliminal.

    The positives for the Super Eagles? His partnership with Osimhen is known already and is likely to ensure that Osimhen is picked as a striker and he offers options on the right of the pitch especially to balance our attack that was during the worldcup heavily dependent on Ahmed Musa on the left wing.

    At this time we have Musa/Onyekuru/Simon who can cover the left wing (Osimhen as well) and Chukwueze/Kalu/Onyekuru on the right wing. This means we can chop and change with little effect on quality dependent on tactics deployed

  • Raphael 2 years ago

    So many clubs will be lining up for him if villarrael go down, even barcelona will be ready to get him at all cost becos he was osama bin laden to them last night. Good player by all standard.

  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    Great player with great future.Because of him yestaday the commentator actually inquired to have another 90minutes of the game,u know a player playing so good that u intend to see over and over again.I also think that he’s a big match player unlike some other young player,watch his match against Real Madrid then u will understand my conclusion,that guy is up there.
    However,my focus this morning is to use Chukwueze as a catalist to make peace on this platform.It is apposite to do this because it is obvious from our contribution on Eze’s performance that we all are merely concerned about the good and wellbeing of Nigeria and Nigeria football nothing more.This is our unifying factor-seeing our players playing regularly in their clubs and also playing well,then translating that performance whenever they are called up for national duties.
    It is obvious that non of us is paid for supporting either any player of Nigerian descent or the SE our support is purely born out of the love we have for this nation and the round leather game.But this guys are paid thousands and millions in dollars week in week out and we don’t get a share from it yet we still support them-this to me is true love,courage,dedication,perseverance,tenacity and all and it does not come better than this.You see I had to buy fuel in my generator last night just so I could see Chukwu and am sure many of u and Nigerians did same for the love of Nigeria and the game,for this I dough my hat for you all as the true Nigeria heroes.
    It is on this ground that I wish to call out the true heroes of this platform in particular and Nigeria at large to pls come out to make peace as we fight a common course and we ought to be on the same side.Though our thoughts and views might be different but it’s geared towards making Nigeria SE [email protected],DR DREY,OMO9JA,CHIMA,BIGD,ADISBOY,POMPEI and all the major contributors on this platform we must reconcile and sheath the sword in the name of God.I want to learn from the contribution u make and the informations u give about Niger players and not insults and name calling.I on my part I want to sincerely apologise to every one who might feel offended by my contributions or [email protected] and CHIMA pls forgive me cos we r one and there is nothing we r fighting over.
    Again,I discovered that majority of us on this platform are responsible and big time professionals with very busy schedule,yet we still find time to comment here and bring forth informations useful for the coaches.For this reason pls come out and let’s make peace for the good of the game,the game we profess to love so much and as extension for the love of Nigeria.
    Finally,@ Dr Drey and Omogja I beacon on you both to please respond accordingly.Tanks all goodmorn and have a glorious day ahead.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Thanks man I have no issues with anyone on this forum my main concern is the national teams nothing else I just wonder why some sections want you to join and support their opinion it’s not right we can not be on the same ship. To make matters worst I have just realized there was war on the forum at late hours. I must admit if not for passion who will use his or her spare time to come online checking out for news going on in Nigeria. I left the forum because of these misplaced priorities but find the joy to comeback when I miss reading the game. But it is well, to those who are realistic let’s hold on to it without curses because I have realized myself I have used words that doesn’t represent my values and in reality I feel sorry afterwards. CS I won’t want to cross check spellings due to time but reader should comprehend.

      • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

        I agree with you sir. If people learn how to let things go and just overlook comments from those they have biff with then we will all be just fine.

    • Omo9ja 2 years ago

      @Asoko Emmanuel, may God forgive us all. I’m really shocked about your statement because I have never had grudges with anyone on this forum.

      Though, many people or a group of people on this forum were intimidating and antagonizing me but I always keeps my head cool because I values my identity too much which is “omo9ja”.

      I have been saying this for a while that I have an image to protect. I don’t talk just any how. I have never and I will never fights no one on this forum. No hates on anybody because everybody is my friend.

      So therefore, my man, we are one and I love you more for what you did. You are one in a million.

      My advise to you all on this forum.
      I have said it sometimes last year that people were watching us and majority of us have to behaved themselves.

      It is good to have a good moral, dignity and staying humble all the time.

      Believe me or not ladies and gentlemen in the house, our commitments represents our characters and I am saying this because we are all adults and we should Know good things from bad things. A word is enough for the wise. May God forgive each and everyone of us. I love you all. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Chukwueze is excellent and Rohr needs to deploy the guy now…. You dont keep a prospect in limbo and expects result.

    Unleash the young man , long over due !

  • greenturf 2 years ago

    I saw the second half of the game but will blame the centre referee for barcelona’s come back.
    The sending off of a Villarreal’s defender was questionable me think it’s a wrong call.That dismissal led to Chukwueze’s substitution and with Villarreal playing with a man’s down against Barcelona it’s always going to be a rough road to travel.
    Meanwhile,what i deduce was Chukwueze is a good footballer who has improved his game playing for a good club in the best league the world has.Wish Ighalo didn’t turn down Barcelona’s offer,his game would have been better for it at least we would have had a vastly improved No9 going into the nations cup.However,playing in the same team with the likes Messi Suarez and co. would improve the quality of any good player it always would count for something.

    • midas touch 2 years ago

      The red card was deserved, look at the tackle again, it was from behind and he was on a yellow card already

  • Asoko Emmanuel 2 years ago

    Yea @Greenturf,great point.But please my above admonission also relates to u as you are one of the illustrious part of this platform.

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      I really don’t get what you mean @Asoko Emmanuel.
      I have been civil on this forum and have always called for truce among waring members.Though one member said I shouldn’t get involved in any of his posts else I get myself to blame well I have to respect his decisions for peace to reign well life goes on.
      That’s the only confrontation I have had in this forum so far unless you mean something else which I’m curious now to know.Thanks.

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Although I missed the game because I had overtime works to do but after watching the highlights I must remind Nigerians that we shouldn’t forget how good he was should he losses form prior to the Afcon and call for his exclusion as it is always the case with Africans. Mo Salah is walking on the same tight rope now just like our wonder kid Kelechi Iheanacho whom I feel if given a chance at the National team on his preferred role and not the 9 will do well.

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    And in addition to what asoko is said there are some guys here like Ayphilly Simon Adisboy Pascal who indirectly insights and ignites a conversation to create heats and panics then walk away please desist from such hypocrisy even at a point Edoman once did the same please if you can’t calm a flame just walk away rather than derive joy in seeing people exchanging words. It is witchcraft and not sportsmanship.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Celebration of our heroes past.
    If Westerhoff didnt have an iroko tree like Admiral Aikhomu to lean on for those 5 years…..we wouldn’t have had this team.
    If because your player (who isnt better than any of the 30 regulars we have now) is not being called up by the coach, you pray everyday for him to fail….soldier go, soldier come…barrack will remain…its not the coach that will fail….its our football that will fail. Anyone who cannot take insults should desist from raining insults and curses on our players too. They are human beings like everyone of us

    • Thank you dery

      • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

        Thank you Drey. Anyone who have a problem with counter analysis that reveals their shortcomings and hatred should Just remain in their lanes. I know the reasonable forum members I always have civil decent and healthy debates with on here. Therefore, whenever I realize that someone is lying to the forum it is my responsibility to refuse to let that happen. If you know that someone is going to find you out and you cannot stomach the retaliation abeg remain in your lane. Lobatan. 

      • Pascal 2 years ago

        Idiot shut up.

        • Ayphillydefreat 2 years ago

          Lol! I just dey laugh. Frustration no be small thing oo. LMAO! Using multiple names on the same account to manufacture followers.

    • -Edoman 2 years ago

      Dr Drey.
      Thank you my friend for what you kindly brought here to us. Yes o,
      Aikhomu was the back bone of westerhoff at a time these folks were not being taken seriously as worthy enough to even receive match bonus while they were camp.
      We say Bravo to the current NFF for they are doing for the Nigerian football.

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    Rohr over to you, this boy could be our joker in Egypt, if Rohr is bold enough to include him in his Afcon team.

    • Sunnyb Its not if Rohr is bold enough I think Rohr has already stated that he will be in the squad. Besides Onyekuru there is no other player that matches this kids talent call a spade a spade enough said

    • Pascal Ike 2 years ago

      Ugo Coach Rohr might drop this lad for some of his strange reasons you are acting like you don’t know this coach. Nna men but if he does hell will break loose.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        Hell will not break lose should Chukwueze not make the roster to Egypt.Equally we have five classy wingers which includes Chukwueze so it’s upto the coach to choose the ones who responds well to how he wants the team to play in Egypt.

        • Pascal Ike 2 years ago

          Hahaha I laugh in calabar Dr drey using multiple account to cause confusion again please why must you do this my brother? Try to be quiet sometimes and get yourself a job so that you will not be checking sports news every 10seconds is it only your in this house? Enjoy more years of insults with your multiple accounts and it will be better to show your name instead of using Greenturf, Dr Drey, Ayphilldegreat, Lagbaja, Edoman and all sort to confuse the house haha I am not deceived or stupid like Chima or Peterside because I will just talk and go….The one and only Pascal Ike

          • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

            So Dr Drey is now the one accused of using multiple identities.

          • Pascal Ike 2 years ago

            Yes or do you need anyone to tell you he is frank emmy and the rest of names you see. Complete sports should ban some IP you will stop seeing his comments that is why he is not showing is name.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Hahahahahah…why u no add deo, big D, Omo9ja etc to your list. Thats to show how illiterate you are. You think everyone is a nursery school kid like you…? Have you checked up on the IP and MAC addressees to see that its one person cloning identities….??? Its not your fault…its the fault of your guardians who bought you a smart phone when you aren’t sensible enough to use one. I cant stop laughing…the likes of AyPhilly, Greenturf, Deo, Ken Ghadaffi, Edoman for NJ, etc who have been great commentators for decades on platforms like KickoffNigeria (now defunct) have suddenly become clones of Dr.Drey….chai…your village people wicked o. LMAO ->…!!!

  • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

    I will criticize the coach as I see fit. If you got a problem with it. I am here for you.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Some seem to think we are over-hyping Chukwueze. What about Hudson-Odoi, who has gone from Chelsea teenage apprentice to earning 100k euros a week, largely as a result of media hype? The English are praising their players to high heavens, and we are here undermining and under-appreciating our own? If Chukwueze is being praised, it is because he is doing something right currently. And of course, he needs to keep working hard and keep looking to improve. However, I can’t blame the fans for gushing over him, especially after a performance like we saw yesterday.

    • The English are praising Hudson Odoi to high heaven’s and the Nigerian press are largely ignoring Chukwueze’s exploits yesterday or “under reporting” them.
      Imagine the Daily Post headlining with Messi whilst reporting on the match.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      And the assist was a masterclass what a swerve! I look forward to see the Chukwueze at Afcon and I’m still praying Nacho gets back to form under Rogers. And pls and pls people should stop adding my name to drey in this forum I beg you all to pls respect yourselves. Pascal your views are welcome but take me out of your comments I beg you. Thanks

  • Tanco 2 years ago

    Rohr has his team in place already bar any injury or sudden lost of form. I don’t think chukwueze will make it to the afcon 2019. He’s a very good player no doubt we should allow him to ficus more on his club career for now than rushing him to Afcon. I pray he does not go in the way of iheanacho.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    The race for the Super Eagles Africa Cup of Nations roster spots is hotting up, with FC Midtjylland’s Paul Onuachu ending a four-game goal drought in his side’s 4-0 win against OB in the semifinal of the DBU Pokalen on Wednesday.

    The Nigeria international last got on the scoresheet in Midtjylland’s 2-1 win at Aarhus GF on February 24 prior to yesterday’s contest at the MCH Arena.

    Rohr recently revealed that Onuachu, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Osimhen are among the players battling for a striker spot ahead of the AFCON, while Crotone’s Simeon Nwankwo has emerged as a candidate following his impressive goals return in recent games.

    A minute into the second half, Onuachu doubled Midtjylland’s advantage when he headed home from Rafal Kurzawa’s precise free kick.

    And the 2.01 meters tall striker increased the lead to 3-0 in the 72nd minute, firing a header past the goalkeeper, and the goal was given despite television replays indicating that he was offside.

    The Wolves will face either Brondby or AaB in the final of the DBU Pokalen on May 17.