Tella came on as a substitute in the 81st minute of Leverkusen’s 4-0 thrashing of Union Berlin and netted his goal just two minutes later.
The 24-year-old’s strike sealed a comfortable victory for Leverkusen, who remain unbeaten at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Alex Grimaldo had opened the scoring for Leverkusen in the 23rd minute. Odilon Kossounou made it 2-0 in the 57th minute while Jonathan Tah’s effort in the 73rd minute made it 3-0.
Tella had previously scored in the Europa League for Leverkusen in their 2-1 win over Norwegianside Molde, but his goal against Union Berlin was his first in Germany’s top flight.
The soon-to-be full Nigerian international has now scored two goals in 11 appearances for Leverkusen in all competitions.
Nathan Tella also expressed delight at going into the international break with a goal.
“Great way to go into the international break. Happy to score my first Bundesliga goal,” he wrote on his X, formerly Twitter account.
Tella’s compatriot Victor Boniface also started for Leverkusen against Union Berlin, but he was unable to find the net. Boniface was replaced by Adam Hlozek in the 87th minute.
Leverkusen are now two points clear of defending champions Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table. Both sides are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the league after 11 matches.