Victor Osimhen grabbed a brace and an assist for Napoli in their 5-1 thrashing of Juventus in an Italian Serie A encounter at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Friday night to extend their lead on the table to 10 points.
Before the game, the Nigeria international had been in action against the Old Lady thrice without finding the back of the net however, all of that changed in the 14th minute after he headed home from close range for the opening goal after Wojciech Szczęsny spilled a shot from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
Osimhen turned provider in the 39th minute as he provided the assist for Kvaratskhelia to make it 2-0 in favour of Napoli. Angel Di Maria’s clever goal in the 42nd minute cut down the deficit to 2-1 as both teams headed into the half time break. Napoli came out of the tunnel steaming in the second half.
Osimhen should have made it 3-1 in the 44th minute but his effort was parried away by Szczesny but the ensuing corner kick resulted in a goal as Amir Rrahmanilow shot found the right bottom corner of Szczęsny’s goal.
The Nigerian grabbed his brace in the 65th minute connecting to a well played cross from Kvaratskhelia to make it 4-1 while substitute Elif Elmas made it 5-1 in the 72nd minute to complete the rout.
The goals take Osimhen’s tally to 12 in 14 league games, four more than Inter’s Lautaro Martínez, Spezia’s MBala Nzola and Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic all on eight goals this season.
Osimhen was denied the opportunity to grab his second career hat-trick when he made way for Giacomo Raspadori in the 78th minute.
Juventus had not conceded five goals in any tournament since a 5-1 defeat to Pescara in Serie A on May 30, 1993. Osimhen’s first goal also ended Juve’s eight game streak without conceding a goal.