Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi has set a new record in Europe after the Nigerian scored a stunner for Arsenal in the final of the UEFA Europa League loss to Chelsea on Wednesday night in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Alex Iwobi came on the in the second half for Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, and he had an instant impact, scoring Arsenal’s only goal in the encounter just three minutes after coming on. The young Nigerian has now set a record not even the legendary players achieved.
It was a historic goal as Iwobi became the first Nigerian player to score in the final of European club competition, a feat the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Finidi George, Taribo West, Chidi Odiah, Dickson Etuhu, Jonathan Akpoborie, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Stephen Keshi failed to accomplish. Iwobi is the first substitute to score in a Europa League final since Jônatas for Espanyol in 2007.
The Nigeria international was one of the few Arsenal players who sparked into life in a game where Chelsea embarrassed their London rivals, scoring after just three minutes on the field, to become the first ever Nigerian to score in a European final.
Iwobi’s strike was a real collector’s item, scoring with a right-footed rocket from outside the area after Chelsea failed to clear their lines in the 69th minute. However, his goal was not enough to save the Gunners from the shame as Maurizio Sarri’s men three minutes later to send the game to 4-1.
Super Eagles legends and some current players have played in a European final, either the URFA Champions League, or the UEFA Cup/Europa League and the UEFA super cup, the likes of, Nwankwo Kanu, Finidi George, Taribo West, Chidi Odiah, Dickson Etuhu, Jonathan Akpoborie, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Stephen Keshi and even John Mikel Obi, but none of the found the back of the net except Alex Iwobi.
Former England international striker, Gary Lineker, who was the golden boot winner of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, was also impressed with the historic goal as he took to twitter to comment on the strike, saying “That is one hell of a goal from Iwobi. We’ve seen some bonkers games in Europe this season. Not again, surely.”
That is one hell of a goal from Iwobi. We’ve seen some bonkers games in Europe this season. Not again, surely.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 29, 2019
See the video of the goal below: