Villarreal tightened their grip on fourth place in La Liga when Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche’s last-gasp strike snatched a 1-0 win at fellow promoted side Elche on Monday.
A hard-fought and entertaining match at Elche’s Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero looked headed for a goalless draw until Uche clipped the ball home from close range in the 90th minute.
“We knew how to hang in there and at the end we got that piece of luck we needed,” Uche told Spanish TV broadcaster Cuatro.
“At the moment, we are in a Champions League qualification place, but we have to take things step by step,” the pacy 29-year-old added. “The team is having a good season so far and we have to continue down the same path. Defensively we were solid and in football I think you have to wait for your chance and finally it came.”