Osimhen's late strike takes Napoli top of Serie A


Victor Osimhen

Nigeria’s international Victor Osimhen scored the only goal of the match on Sunday as Napoli beat Torino to move top of Serie A table.

The Nigerian striker has now scored five goals in the league this season.

The match was heading for a draw when Osimhen struck on 81 minutes to send the crowd into an uproar.

The tall striker got to a rebound inside the six-yard box and produced a header. He managed to put the ball inside the left post, and thus alter the score to make it 1-0 for his team.

Torino did well to stifle Napoli in the opening stages, keeping their defence disciplined and forcing the hosts to send Osimhen hunting for percentage passes.

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They found avenues forward down the right flank and caught Napoli sleeping on occasion, but lacked conviction around the goalmouth.

A rash challenge from early substitute Ben Lhassine Kone gifted Napoli a clear penalty after 27 minutes which seemed to undo their hard work, but Lorenzo Insigne’s disappointing effort was saved by Vanja Milinković-Savić to keep the game goalless.

Napoli continued to grow into the game, fashioning half-chances from wide areas and overloading in search of a lead before half time, but Torino hung on.

Osimhen’s late strike, however, did the magic as Napoli took all three points.

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