Osimhen’s hat-trick gives Napoli six clean sheets, Inter in top four
Victor Osimhen sent Napoli six points clear of the chasing pack on Saturday with their first Serie A hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Sassuolo, while in-form Inter Milan beat Sampdoria 3-0 to close of the first four.
Nigeria striker Osimhen scored twice in the first 19 minutes at Napoli, then netted his third 13 minutes from time to ensure Luciano Spalletti’s side extended both their winning streak club record at 13 matches and their lead over champions AC Milan, who face Torino. Sunday.
The 23-year-old burst into the squad after more than a month out with a thigh injury, scoring six goals in his last four Serie A and Champions League appearances.
Saturday’s clinical display of finishing took his league tally this season to seven goals from eight appearances and put him level with Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic at the top of the Italy goalscoring charts.
“I just want to help keep the momentum going, I want to keep helping my team,” Osimhen told DAZN.
“I think this season the coach has given me as much confidence as possible and I’m really happy to work with him.”
Osimhen’s first two goals were scored by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, this year’s revelation who also scored the third in a thrilling performance on the day Napoli celebrated the 62nd birthday of late club icon Diego Maradona, who would have summer sunday.
Georgia winger Kvaratskhelia has scored eight times and set up eight more since arriving in the summer and plays for Napoli with the kind of zest and freedom few have since Maradona fled Italy in disgrace in the early 1990s .
Napoli are still unbeaten, have scored 50 times in all competitions and are starting to look like the real deal, a side that could end a 32-year wait for the league title in southern Italy’s biggest city , crazy about football.
– Inter promenade in front of Samp –
Inter are fifth after beating Sampdoria 3-0 on a bizarre night in which their die-hard fans left the San Siro at half-time after one of the most ‘ultra’ supporters was killed. notorious at the club shortly before kick-off.
Simone Inzaghi’s side were top after reaching the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday, and they are fifth, level on 24 points with third-placed Lazio and Atalanta, who both play on Sunday, after their sixth victory in seven matches in all. competitions.
Inter won thanks to a Stefan De Vrij header midway through the first half, Nicolo Barella’s delicious finish just before the break and Joaquin Correa’s long-range effort in the 73rd minute.
However, the Curva Nord section of the stadium remained silent and then came out en masse at the break in honor of Vittorio Boiocchi, a 69-year-old man sentenced in the 1990s to more than two decades in prison for drug trafficking who was shot near his home on the outskirts of Milan.
Italian media report that Boiocchi – who had a criminal record dating back to the mid-1970s – was unable to attend Inter matches as he was banned for his role in clashes ahead of a home game against Napoli in 2018 in which a supporter was killed after being hit by a van.
Nicolo Fagioli gave struggling Juventus a 1-0 win at Lecce with his first-ever Sere A goal in the 73rd minute of a largely uneventful game.
Juve traveled to Lecce with rumors of a manager change following their early Champions League exit, but the 21-year-old unleashed an irresistible curling strike that left him on the verge of tears.
“I’m so happy. I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life and to do it in a Juventus shirt was just amazing,” he told DAZN.
Fagioli’s strike leaves Juve seventh, 10 points behind Napoli, while Lecce remain two ahead of Samp who sit just inside the relegation zone.