Osimhen nets 2, Napoli moves 16 points clear ahead of derby

AP , Sunday 5 Feb 2023

Victor Osimhen appears to be firing Napoli to the Serie A title.



Osimhen scored another two goals on Sunday to help Napoli win 3-0 at Spezia and move 16 points clear of second-placed Inter Milan, which hosts out-of-form AC Milan in the derby later.

It was the fifth straight league match that Osimhen has scored in. The Nigeria forward has netted seven in that span to take his tally to 16 in the league.

Spezia had defended well against Napoli’s stellar attack but gifted the visitors a penalty less than 10 seconds after the break when defender Arkadiusz Reca was trying to hold off Matteo Politano but didn’t anticipate that the bounce of the ball would take it onto his outstretched arm.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia converted the penalty, prompting the game to open up.

Osimhen had a goal ruled out in the 62nd minute for pulling back Mattia Caldara but he headed in his first in the 68th and doubled his tally five minutes later following another assist from Kvaratskhelia.

Spezia remained five points above the relegation zone.

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