Ghanaian defender Nicholas Opoku shines as Udinese hold SPAL in Serie A

Published on: 27 December 2018

Ghana international Nicholas Opoku stars as Udinese held SPAL to a goalless draw in the Serie A on Boxing day.

The 21-year-old played arguably his best game in a Udinese shirt as he made some crucial interventions at the heart of defence to help secure a vital away point against SPAL.

SPAL forward Andrea Petagna hit the crossbar in a frenzy opening 15 minutes.

The home side were dominant in the early stages of the game with Manuel Larzarri's 19-minute effort countered by Opoku.

He was again at the rescue of the Little Zebras following a battle with Mattia Valoti five minutes to the break.

The highly-rated youngster, who replaced Dutch defender Hidde Ter Avest in the starting lineup lasted the entire duration of a keenly contested match.

Opoku joined Udinese from Tunisian giants Club Africain in the summer on a four-year deal and despite a difficult start to life in Italy, the former Berekum Chelsea star is beginning to settle at the club.

He was a part of Ghana U-17 squad that competed in 2013 African U-17 Championship. He has also represented the Ghana U-20 team.

In July 2017, Opoku made his senior international debut in a 2–1 defeat against the United States. He came as a 38th-minute substitute for Rashid Sumaila following his knee injury.