Friday Jul 24, 2020. 14:00
Ivory Coast international Seko Fofana has revealed the inspiration for Udinese’s surprise win over Italian football heavyweights Juventus.
The 25-year-old midfielder scored the winning goal in stoppage time as Udinese stunned Juventus 2-1 in a Serie A match on Thursday night.
“I saw Becao’s header and I felt I could take the ball, I went for it and fortunately I had the strength to go all the way and score,” Fofana told the club’s official website.
“However, I’m not the only who made a difference in this team, we’ve shown that we could beat anyone despite several absences in the squad but we were able to adapt.
“We gave everything and we are very happy with the result, but we played well in almost every post-lockdown game,” he added.
“We didn’t concede many goals and all the games were balanced, but often we struggled in the last few minutes and I think that’s normal.
Juventus had to win the match in order to clinch the 2019/20 Serie A title, but Fofana and his teammates had other ideas.
“Everyone believed that Juventus came to celebrate today but we are not their waiters and we played with great personality,” he said.
“I was able to make a difference in the past, but now it’s different because we have to play with our heads.
“We have a lot of pressure but we always have to be careful, we have to keep going like this and make as many points in the last three points and then celebrate.
“Finally I’m sorry that there were no fans, we could have celebrated this great victory together.”
Fofana, who has six caps for Ivory Coast, made his debut for the Elephants in a 2-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification loss to Morocco on 11 November 2017.