- Samuel Chukwueze has now made his 35th league appearance in the La Liga this season
- The Super Eagles winger provided an assist to Santi Cazorla in Villarreal’s 1-2 home loss to Sociedad
- Villarreal’s hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League has been dashed
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Samuel Chukwueze was in action in action on Monday night, July 13, when his side Villarreal lost 2-1 at home to Real Sociedad thereby ending their UEFA Champions League qualification dreams.
The Nigerian winger was brought-on at the start of the second-half for his 35th league appearance and he set up former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla to make it 2-1 on 85 minutes.
The visitors had gone ahead on 61 minutes before Diego Llorente added the second goal in the 75th minute.
The result means that Villareal are in fifth position on 57 points, nine points behind fourth placed Sevilla with two games left to play.
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But the Yellow Submarine could still qualify automatically for the Europa League if they end in fifth position.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid continue their steady progress towards lifting their first Spanish League title this season following their 2-1 win over Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
The victory ensured that Los Blancos maintained their four-point gap over arch-rivals Barcelona with just two games left to play in this campaign.
Zidane's men face Villarreal at Santiago Bernabeu in their next match and then wrap up the season with a trip to Leganes.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi was not on the score-sheet for Barcelona in their 1-0 win over Real Valladolid at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla this weekend.
But the Argentine forward still managed to achieve another feat as he became the first player in the history of the Spanish League to score 20 and assist 20 goals in one season.
According to Goal.com, Barca legend Xavi Hernandes was the first to create 20 assists in 2008-09, but none has been able to score 20 plus and still create the same number of opportunities created until now.
Legit.ng earlier reported that current Barcelona gaffer Quique Setien has been put under serious pressure to deliver for the club after president Josep Bartomeu admitted that former star Xavi will manage the club soon.
Setien has been under serious fire at the Camp Nou since he came on board and winning the Spanish La Liga or the Champions League this season will save him from being axed.
But the possibility of Barcelona winning the topflight title in Spain is not guaranteed considering how Real Madrid are topping the Spanish La Liga table.
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