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Joe Aribo grabs first Southampton goal in preseason defeat to Villarreal

by: Evolve


Super Eagles midfielder, Joe Aribo scored his first Southampton goal in preseason defeat to Villarreal on Saturday afternoon and it was a beautiful one.

The 26-year-old scored his first goal for the English Premier League team in their preseason loss against Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal, which ended 1-2.

On Saturday afternoon, Villarreal of Spain defeated Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary Stadium, ending their final preseason match in a loss.

Yeremy Pino’s low-angle header past Gavin Bazunu gave Unai Emery’s team the only goal of the opening period.

To the pleasure of the Southampton supporters, Joe Aribo’s magnificent solo effort around the hour mark leveled the two teams.

Moments later, Aribo had the ball in the net once more but was called for offside. Soon after, Villarreal took the lead for a second time as captain Gerard Moreno took advantage of some shoddy defending from Jan Bednarek to put the visitors back in front.

With each minute they spend playing together, Joe Aribo and Walker-Peters got along better, and he received an 8/10 for the game.

His colleague was able to drive into the box because of some deft runs he made into the right channel.

Aribo finished the first half with a great touch that brought down a high clearing, and he then sent Djenepo on a swift counter.

Took his goal in a classy manner, taking up the ball in his own area and advancing all the way into the Villarreal box before cutting to his left foot and easily curling past Reina.




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