The Nigerian forward is off the bench to seal the Blues’ home win over Simone Inzaghi’s men
Victor Osimhen scored his sixth Serie A goal of the season in Napoli’s 5-2 pounding against Lazio on Thursday night.
After failing to find the back of the net in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Inter Milan on Sunday, the Super Eagles striker came off the bench to seal his side’s big win at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Lorenzo Insigne’s brace and goals from Mattaeo Politano and Dries Mertens propelled Gennaro Gattuso’s men to a comfortable 4-0 lead, but the quick efforts of Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the 70th and 74th minutes respectively failed were not enough to inspire the return of Lazio.
Osimhen replaced Mertens – who became Napoli’s all-time Serie A top scorer with 102 goals – in the 72nd minute and eight minutes later, the Nigerian was assisted by Hirving Lozano before scoring the fifth. goal of the night from Naples, which sealed the three points.
The strike was Osimhen’s third goal in his last five league appearances and he appears to have rediscovered his touch in goal after suffering a nine-game drought earlier this year.
– Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) April 22, 2021
The 22-year-old has now scored six goals after 18 appearances in his debut Serie A campaign following his massive transfer from French Ligue 1 club Lille last August.
Senegalese center-back Kalidou Koulibaly was also in action for Napoli, who played the entire duration for the hosts, while Algerian Mohamed Fares played for Lazio and Ivorian Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro was presented with seven minutes to play.
Despite being fifth in the Serie A table with 63 points from 32 games, the triumph has boosted Napoli’s push to Champions League qualification as they are two points behind Juventus, fourth and third behind Juventus. .
Lazio, meanwhile, are sixth in the standings with 58 points despite having a game in hand.
Osimhen is expected to build on Thursday’s goal when Napoli travel to Turin for their next Serie A fixture on Monday.