–Despite 3-1 home loss to Sevilla in the 1st leg
By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles forward Ike Uche has expressed optimism that his Spanish side Villarreal can overturn the 3-1 defeat they suffered against La Liga rivals Sevilla, in Thursday’s UEFA Europa round of 16 clash.
Played inside the El Madrigal, Villarreal, goals from Vitolo (1mins), Stephane Mbia (26 mins) and Kevin Gameiro (50 mmins), gave Sevilla the defending champions of the Europa Cup, a healthy lead heading into next week’s reverse fixture. Luciano Vietto scored for Villarreal.
Reacting to the loss, Uche who was repalced by Gerard Moreno on 68 minutes, said the return leg will be difficult, but stated they will give their all.
Ike Uche wrote on his Twitter page: “Will be hard but not impossible. We’ll give everything to beat Sevilla next week. Thank you fans for supporting us.”
Sevilla will host the return leg which comes up on Thursday March 19, with the winner progressing into the quarter-finals.