Osimhen Fires Napoli To The Top Of Serie A
Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen scored the only goal of the game to help Napoli beat a resilient Torino side 1-0 in their Serie A encounter at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy.
Napoli went into the game with a 100% record in the Italian Serie A this season and knew a win would send them back to the top of the table..
Luciano Spalletti’s men had a chance to open the scoring in the 26th minute when they were awarded a penalty. However, Lorenzo Insigne missed the resulting spot-kick, his third this season and second successive miss from the spot.
Napoli struggled to create clear chances following the penalty miss as Torino, who had Nigerian international Ola Aina in their defence, defended well to end the opening half with a clean sheet.
Napoli started the second half, searching for the opener, but it was Torino that came close. However, they were denied by Ospina on several occasions. The game appeared to be heading for a stalemate until Osimhen popped up in the 81st minute to score what proved to be the winner.
The Nigerian rose highest to head home after a clearance inside Torino’s box had ricocheted off Eljif Elmas following a brilliant team move from Napoli.
It is Osimhen’s fifth goal in seven Serie A games this season and his eighth goal in all competitions.
With the win, Napoli remain the only side in Europe’s top five leagues with a 100% record as they climbed back to the top of the Serie A table. AC Milan are in second place with 22 points from 8 games, while Inter Milan are in third.
Serie A results
Cagliari 3-1 Sampdoria
Empoli 1-4 Atalanta
Genoa 2-2 Sassuolo
Udinese 1-1 Bologna
Napoli 1-0 Torino
Juventus 1-0 Roma.
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