Super Eagles star Samuel Chukwueze scored his second goal of the season on Wednesday evening to help AC Milan claim a hard-fought UEFA Champions League victory against Newcastle.
The intense showdown saw the Serie A side clinch a spot in the Europa League play-off at the Magpies’ expense, Footballrover reports.
The 24-year-old Nigerian international emerged from the bench to secure the winning goal with a fine finish at St. James’ Park.
Initially, Newcastle seemed to dominate, with Joelinton’s stunning half-volley propelling them ahead in the first half.
However, fatigue slowed their pace in the second half, allowing Milan to capitalize.
Pulisic equalized just before the hour mark, swiftly followed by an exceptional save from Maignan to thwart Guimaraes’ attempt.
Milan intensified their attacks, hitting the post through Leao before Chukwueze’s impactful entry off the bench, swiftly converting a break to push Milan into the lead.
Despite playing for just 12 minutes, Chukwueze made a defining impact.
The game ended 2-1 in favour of Milan, although Tomori’s final attempt struck the post, leaving the score unchanged.
This outcome placed Milan in the Europa League knockout round playoffs, securing third place in the group.
The specifics of their play-off opponents will be revealed after their Serie A match against Monza on Sunday.
For Newcastle, the defeat marked the end of their European journey, redirecting their focus towards an upcoming Premier League encounter against Fulham on the weekend.