Samuel Chukwueze makes Villarreal debut in Rangers stalemate

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The former U17 World Cup winner was brought on for his first taste of senior football as the hosts chased a win against Steven Gerrard's men

Samuel Chukwueze made his Villarreal debut as Rangers held the LaLiga side to a 2-2 home draw in Thursday's Uefa Europa League opener.

The Nigeria U20 winger signed for the Spanish outfit in 2017 and had since been starring for their reserves in the Spanish third tier.

In his first season, he made 11 Segunda B appearances, scoring two goals in the process and, although, was promoted to the senior side ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, he has played four times for the B side already.

On Thursday evening, the 19-year-old was brought on for Nicola Sansone in the 79th minute as the Yellow Submarines looked to grab the winner in after Steven Gerrard's men fought back twice to level 2-2.

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Less than a minute after kick-off, Carlos Bacca gave the hosts the lead but Scott Arfield levelled proceedings in the 67th minute.

Two minutes later, Gerard Moreno help retook the lead for the LaLiga side and striker Kyle Lafferty ensured the Gers left Spain with a valuable point in their opener.

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