Chukwueze Opens Account In Villarreal’s Win, Awoniyi Bests Akpoguma In Germany

Samuel Chukwueze opened his account in La Liga this season as Villarreal beat Real Valladolid at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Monday.

Just minutes after international teammate Ola Aina scored his first of the season for Fulham in England, Chukwueze opened scoring for the Yellow Submarines for his first of the season.

It was the Nigerian’s second goal involvement of the season having previously bagged an assist against Eibar in matchweek two.

Spanish defender Pau Torres doubled their lead eight minutes before halftime with Unai Emery’s side holding firm after the interval to collect all three points.

The win lifts Villarreal into the Champions League places in third position after eight games and they are just two points off leaders Real Sociedad in an unusual looking table.

Meanwhile Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi got the better of compatriot Kevin Akpoguma in their Bundesliga clash as Union Berlin stunned Hoffenheim at the Prezero Arena.

Awoniyi was making just his second start in the league and fourth appearance overall following his loan move from Liverpool while Akpoguma, a stalwart for Hoffenheim was on for his sixth start.

Both sides had endured dodgy spells heading into the encounter, with visitors Union Berlin winless in two matches while Hoffenheim were winless in three after winning their first two league games including a 4-1 trouncing of champions Bayern Munich.

But it was the visitors who bagged all three points with a 3-1 win to halt their winless run.

An uneventful first half sprung into life after the break with the home side conceding a 58th minute penalty and losing a player after Robert Skov’s brainless foul in the box earned him an early bath.

Max Kruse dispatched the resultant spot kick to give the away side the lead, Awoniyi who is yet to score this season was withdrawn in the 77th minute and his departure coincided with the equaliser for the hosts as Munas Dabbur restored parity just three minutes later.

With time running out, Hoffenheim thought they were good value for a draw but any such hopes were crushed when Joel Pohjanpalo scored in the 85th to restore the visitors’ lead before Cedric Teuchert struck the final nail in Hoffenheim’s coffin with a third goal in added time.

In England, Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused sub as Leicester rose to second in the table with a stunning 4-1 win at newcomers Leeds United courtesy of a Youri Tielemans brace and goals from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes.