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Fans applaud Okoye for standing up to pitch invader

The Super Eagles goalkeeper produced a man-of-the-match performance in Vitesse and was later attacked by the home fans

Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has been commended for standing up against a pitch invader in Friday's Eredivisie game.

Okoye produced a commanding display to stop the hosts from finding the back of the net and he also saved a penalty.

Shortly after he denied Vitesse from scoring from the spot-kick, a fan ran onto the pitch and confronted the Nigeria goalkeeper but the player scared him off.

Okoye went back to the goals after the short drama but he was hit by a bottle which resulted in the suspension of the encounter with Sparta Rotterdam leading by 1-0.

The Royal Dutch Football Association and Sparta Rotterdam have condemned the incident, however, Okoye's reaction to the pitch invasion got Nigerians talking.

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