Wednesday night’s win was a massive one for Villarreal, who had been without a victory after two matches in the Champions League this term, sitting bottom of a group that also had Manchester United and Atalanta.
The Nigerian international has only recently returned from a long injury layoff, and he marked it with a goal on the biggest stage of club football.
“I was so proud to be manager of Newcastle United, even in the dark times, I was determined to keep going and to keep this club in the Premier League.”
Manager Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United by mutual consent just 13 days after the Saudi Arabia-backed £305m takeover of the club was completed.
Bruce said there had been “highs and lows” and that he hoped the new owners could “take the club forward”. Graeme Jones will take interim charge of the Premier League side. Newcastle said the appointment of a new manager “will be announced in due course”. Bruce is understood to have received in the region of £8m after his contract was paid up in full.
Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka are among six Premier League youngsters who have been nominated for the Golden Boy award.
The accolade is won by Europe’s brightest U21 young talent during a calendar year and, after being won by Rafael van der Vaart in its inaugural ceremony back in 2003, the award has an illustrious roll of honour with names such as Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
“I am honoured that this remarkable achievement will belong to Ronaldo says Ali Daei.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, who made a shock move back to Manchester United after leaving Juventus, missed a penalty but won the 2022 World Cup qualifier for his country with a dramatic late brace against the Republic of Ireland.