Lookman and Chukwueze on target in Cup

Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal CF celebrates his goal during the Copa del Rey match between Villarreal FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de la Ceramica on January 19, 2023 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Alvaro Medranda/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Super Eagles forwards Ademola Lookman and Samuel Chukwueze both found the back of the net for their respective teams in their domestic cup matches on Thursday.

Lookman continued his excellent form as he followed up his goal scoring performance in the Serie A four days ago with another brace for Atalanta in the Coppa Italia as they defeated Spezia 5-2.

The hosts started the game in the best possible way as the opening goal came in the 10th minute through Lookman and he scored the second in the 12th minute mark as the Nigeria international drilled home following a slick one-two with strike-partner Duvan Zapata.

The former Everton forward has now scored 11 goals in all competitions for Atalanta this campaign and this is already the highest scoring season of his career so far.

As for Chukwueze, he featured for Villarreal in the Spanish Copa del Rey, but his euphoria at putting his side two goals up against Real Madrid was short lived as a better showing in the second half from Los Blancos saw them earn a 3-2 comeback win.

After Etienne Capoue put Villareal in front, Chukwueze scored the second goal of the game in the 42nd minute to end the first half 2-0 up.

However, goals from Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Dani Ceballos saw Madrid emerge eventual winners.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 days ago

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