IK Uche Scores as Villareal Clinches Europa League Spot

Ikechukwu Uche scored Villareal’s second goal in Sunday’s 2-1 win over rivals Real Sociedad.

The Super Eagles striker converted a close range effort on 70 minutes from a Giovani Dos Santos assist, after the World Cup-bound Mexican had gifted the ‘Yellow Sub-marine’ the opener on 26 minutes.

Uche, who was not named in Nigeria 30-man provisional World Cup squad, scored 14 league goals in the 2013/14 La Liga season.

Ikechukwu Uche Celebrates Villareal's Passage Into the Qualification Round of the Europa League.
Ikechukwu Uche Celebrates Villareal’s Passage Into the Qualification Round of the Europa League.
The victory helped Villareal clinch the final Europa League spot in La Liga.

Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side went into the final game of the season three points behind Sociedad, but succeeded in edging their opponents to a sixth-place finish courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

Carlos Vela scored Sociedad’s consolation deep into the regulation time.

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