Super Eagles goalkeeper Maduka Okoye stood tall between the pipes for Udinese on Monday night, pulling off a string of magnificent saves to secure a stunning 1-0 away victory over Serie A giants Juventus.
This win not only dents Juventus’ title hopes but also throws a lifeline to Udinese in their fight against relegation, Footballrover reports.
Maduka Okoye was the undisputed hero for Udinese in their impressive away win over the Serie A giants.
The Nigerian goalkeeper displayed incredible composure, making six crucial saves and two clearances to secure a clean sheet and all three points for his team.
Maduka Okoye’s five star display for Udinese in their win against Juventus away from from home. Clean! pic.twitter.com/Hp5PZezvAO
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This wasn’t just any win for the Udinese.
Juventus, chasing the Serie A title, dominated possession and created more chances. However, Okoye stood tall, denying them every opportunity and extinguishing their title hopes.
The goal that stole the show came from an unlikely source: Lautaro Giannetti, a recent signing from Argentina.
Despite dominating the second half, Juventus never truly threatened to break through Udinese’s resolute defence.
They created few clear-cut chances and ultimately succumbed to a frustrating home defeat against the relegation-threatened side.
With this victory, Udinese climbed to 15th place with 22 points, just two points above the relegation zone.
They face Cagliari next, knowing another win could be crucial to their escape from the bottom three.