UCL: Samuel Chukwueze Starts For AC Milan, As Team Struggle Against Newcastle

Samuel Chukwueze yesterday made his first start for new club, and seven-time European champions AC Milan as they were held to a goalless draw by premiere league side, Newcastle United on matchday one of the UEFA Champions League.

Played at the San Siro Stadium, the Nigerian Super Eagles forward was deployed as a right winger by coach Stefano Pioli in his 4-3-3 formation, but struggled to attain prominence against a defensively solid Newcastle side.

Nevertheless, the former Villarreal star was responsible for AC Milan’s second shot on target when his header from Rafael Leao’s cross was saved by Newcastle goalkeeper, Nick Pope.

In the 38th minute Chukwueze got another chance having found himself in a promising position to head the ball into the net but failed to convert the opportunity.

The 24-year old was subsequently replaced by Ex-Chelsea star, Christian Pulisic in the 61st minute.

His involvement in the game now means the Nigerian has made 10 career appearances in the UEFA Champions League and featured in 5 games across all competitions since the start of the season for AC Milan.

Nevertheless, AC Milan will be hoping to return to winning ways when they entertain Hellas Verona on Saturday, in a match day 5 Serie A game.

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