Samuel Chukwueze's goal not enough as Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1
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Samuel Chukwueze’s goal not enough as Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1

Xavi helped Barcelona to a back-to-back wins

Samuel Chukwueze came from the bench to score a goal for Villarreal in their 3-1 defeat to Barcelona at the
Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday.

Barca went ahead five minutes after the interval when De Jong tapped into an empty net after Depay’s close-range flick had been saved, the goal awarded by the VAR after an initial offside flag.

Villarreal thought they had secured a point with 14 minutes remaining when Chukwueze clipped past Ter Stegen for his first LaLiga goal of the campaign.

It was the Nigerian connection that gave the home side the goal, Samuel Chukwueze scored after receiving a pass from Nigerian-born Arnaut Danjuma.

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But Depay came to Barca’s rescue, superbly bringing down a long ball, rounding Rulli and sliding in from close range in the 88th minute.

Substitute Coutinho added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time, slotting past Rulli from the spot after he had been brought down by Juan Foyth.

The goal completed a difficult 3-1 win for Barcelona and their second since Xavi took over having secured a 1-0 win over Espanyol last weekend.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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