In a stunning Champions League qualifier match, Super Falcons’ rising star, Christy Ucheibe, left her mark by propelling Benfica to a resounding triumph over Apollon.
The midfielder, showcased her prowess with her first-ever Champions League goal, helping Benfica secure a remarkable 11-0 aggregate victory during the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifiers.
Ucheibe’s moment of glory arrived just 8 minutes after she set foot on the pitch. Her spectacular goal left the Apollon Limassol Ladies no chance and sent them back to Cyprus.
Even though she only played for 20 minutes, the 22-year-old made her presence felt, contributing to Benfica’s dominant 4-0 win at the Benfica Campus.
Before this decisive match, Christy Ucheibe and her teammates had already shown their mettle by winning the first leg with a convincing 7-0 score away from home.
Apollon Limassol Ladies managed to hold Benfica at bay during the first half, but the second half saw Benfica unleash a relentless offensive.
Leticia Almeida broke the deadlock in the 56th minute, followed by Kika Nazareth scoring a second goal just nine minutes later.
In the 70th minute, Marie-Yasmine Alidou d’Anjou extended the lead to 3-0 before Nigerian sensation Christy Ucheibe sealed the deal eight minutes later with her sensational goal.
In the midst of her first Champions League goal celebration, she expressed her gratitude on her X page (formerly Twitter), stating,
“God is Great! Great team work we keep working hard, first Champions League goal group stage see you soon.”
Looking forward, with a secured spot in this year’s Champions League showdown, Christy Ucheibe and her teammates will now shift their focus to league matches, with Famalicao up next.
This remarkable victory marks a pivotal moment in Christy Ucheibe’s career, and fans are eager to witness her continued success on the field.