- Samuel Chukwueze was on the score sheet as Villarreal defeated Hajduk Split in the Europa Conference League
- The Nigerian international doubled his side’s lead in the second half of the second-leg clash in Croatia
- He played against his international teammate Chidozie Awaziem who was in the heart of the defence for Hajduk
Spanish club Villarreal are through to the UEFA Conference League group stage after they overcame Hajduk Split on Thursday night.
The Nigerian international played against compatriot Chidozie Awaziem who featured for his Hajduk Split side in the playoff second-leg tie.
Both Super Eagles stars played 90 minutes of the encounter, but Chukwueze’s Villarreal claimed all precious points.
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Awaziem, on the other hand, will no longer feature in European football this season after Hajduk had conceded four goals in their first leg clash.
The Spanish outfit defeated Hajduk 4-2 in the first leg and was the clear favourite to go through, with Alfonso Pedraza opening the scoring in the first half of the second leg.
Chukwueze then doubled the lead in the 54th minute to give Villarreal a 2-0 lead on the night and 6-2 on aggregate.
The La Liga side held on for the win, which sees them into the group stage of Europe's third-tier club competition.
Villarreal show support for Dortmund’s Sebastian Haller
Meanwhile, Villareal players showed their support for Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller before their pre-season friendly victory against Borussia Dortmund.
Haller has been receiving lots of support from the football community after he was diagnosed with a testicular tumour earlier this week following complaints of feeling unwell.
In a touching display of solidarity, the Daily Mail reports that the Villarreal players gave the Bundesliga side a signed shirt dedicated to Haller.
Osimhen on the radar of Manchester United
Sports Brief earlier reported that English Premier League club Manchester United are said to be pushing to swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen before the summer transfer window ends.
Reports have it that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, wants the Red Devils to sign the Nigerian international as United continue their search for a striker.
A mouthwatering swap deal could see the Old Trafford outfit sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli in exchange for €100million plus Ronaldo.