OSIMHEN FIRES BLANK IN BIG WIN
Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen was surprisingly not on the scoresheet as Napoli thrashed Udinese 5-1 at home on Wednesday night to maintain their push for Champions League football.
Super Eagles of Nigeria attacker Osimhen has been in fantastic form in recent games and it's a bit of surprise that he didn’t score in the big win over Udinese at the Stadio Armando Maradona. He took his tally to ten goals in the league this season with his first brace in the Serie A. The Nigeria international scored twice in the 4-1 away victory over Spezia at the weekend.
Osimhen started the Udinese game and he was on for 70 minutes before being replaced by Belgian national team player Dries Mertens with the game virtually won at 4-1.
Napoli raced into a two-goal lead against Udinese. The two goals came within three minutes. Piotr Zelinski scored the opening goal of the game on 28 minutes before Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz added a second goal on 31 minutes. Nigerian-born Italian striker Stefano ChukaOkaka then pulled one back for the visitors five minutes before the break.
The GennaroGattuso-led Napoli team led 2-1 at the break and went on to score three times in the second half to win the Serie A match in a convincing fashion.
Mexican forward HirvingLozano scored the first of those three second half goals on 56 minutes . Italian player Giovanni Di Lorenzo scored the second goal of the second half to edge Napoli 4-1 ahead before Lorenzo Insigne wrapped up the big win on the stroke of full-time.
Napoli were able to maintain their fourth place on the league standings with the win over. Udinese. GennaroGattuso and his players might need to win their last two games to secure a return to Champions League football ahead of the new season. Napoli will play Fiorentina (away) and Hellas Verona (home) in the league for their final two league games.