25-year-old Johnatan Opoku has played in the lower divisions of Dutch soccer his entire career. That might change after Friday. At least now everyone knows his name.
The VVV Venlo attacking midfielder scored a goal of the season contender, and could be (should be, at least) in the mix for the Puskas Award at the end of the calendar year.
With the ball in the corner of the box and his back to goal, Opoku flicked the ball over not one defender but two, keeping control by using his knee in between shaming the pair of challengers. He finishes the chance with a luscious flick that chips the goalkeeper and nestles into the far corner of the net. The goal gave his team a 4-2 lead, and they would eventually win 4-3 over NAC Breda.
Just sensational stuff. Hopefully FIFA gives it the recognition it deserves at the end of the year. Also, spare a thought for those two defenders. They are somebody’s children.
The win moves VVV Venlo five points clear in second place in the Eerste Divise, otherwise known as the Jupiler League (not to be confused with the Jupiler Pro League, the top flight in Belgium). The winner of the league gets automatic promotion to the Eredivisie, while the next eight enter into a playoff.