Nigeria national team star Victor Osimhen was exceptional for Napoli football club on Sunday night, as he scored a goal in Napoli football club’s remarkable 2-0 victory over Sassuolo football club in the Matchday 2 of the Italian Serie A.
Napoli beat Sassuolo 2-0 in the first home game of their Serie A title defence, with Victor Osimhen and Giovanni Di Lorenzo on target, at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Sunday in Naples, Italy.
Victor Osimhen got the hosts off to the perfect start when he converted a penalty early on, before Giovanni Di Lorenzo found the target in the second half in the Matchday 2 of the Italian Serie A, as Rudi Garcia continues his positive start to life in the managerial hot-seat vacated by Luciano Spalletti.
Osimhen expertly scored from the penalty spot on 16 minutes after Matteo Politano had been clumsily felled by Daniel Boloca, who was making his first appearance in Serie A, Eurosport reports.
After the opener the game – being played in 30-degree heat – grew stale.
Napoli’s task was made a lot easier in the second half when Sassuolo’s Maxime Lopez was given a straight red card for dissent. Sassuolo also gave away a soft penalty shortly after, but Raspadori missed the target.
The introduction of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia further helped Napoli’s cause and brought the killer second goal as he teed up Di Lorenzo to score at the end of a crisp move.
Napoli have two wins from two and move into second, trailing AC Milan on goal difference.
Pointless Sassuolo, also yet to score in Serie A this term and missing Domenico Berardi as he continues to be linked with a move away, are bottom.
Although Napoli’s manager has changed, the club’s leading lights-stars remain the same and have started this season strongly.
Replicating last season’s cathartic title win will be hard and new boss Rudi Garcia has big shoes to fill. But he also has last season’s leading scorer, Osimhen, the reigning Serie A MVP, Kvaratskhelia, and Napoli’s talismanic captain, Di Lorenzo, to call on. That’s a pretty good place to begin.
Evidently, Osimhen was threatening throughout and already has three goals this season, tied for the most in Serie A. Kvaratskhelia needed less than five minutes on the pitch to provide an assist. Di Lorenzo was brilliant all evening on Sunday and thoroughly deserved his goal after tearing up and down the right flank.
Player of the match, Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo, tireless and dangerous on the ball in equal measure. Di Lorenzo was a player Sassuolo could not contain. Napoli’s best moves all came from the right and all involved Di Lorenzo in some capacity.