Victor Osimhen shines in Napoli’s comeback win at Fiorentina

Victor Osimhen

Super Eagles star striker Victor Osimhen was one of the outstanding players for Napoli who came back from a goal down to beat Fiorentina 2-1 away and maintain their perfect start.

Osimhen and his Napoli teammates had a 100 percent Serie A record after six rounds but were coming off their first defeat of the season in the Europa League to Spartak Moscow.

Sunday’s win against Fiorentina means Napoli extends their lead over Inter Milan to four points as they are now on 21.

Fiorentina took the lead on 28 minutes when Dusan Vlahovic peeled away from Fabian Ruiz to knock down a corner for Lucas Martinez-Quarta to volley from eight yards.

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Napoli got back into the game when Osimhen ran onto a long ball and was bundled over by Martinez-Quarta with the referee awarding Luciano Spalletti’s men.

Lorenzo Insigne stepped up and saw his penalty parried by Dragowski but Hirving Lozano turned in at the third time of asking past a desperately frustrated goalkeeper to make it 1-1 on 39 minutes.

Osimhen almost got a spectacular second on the stroke of half-time, a bicycle kick only a yard wide of the upright.

A Vlahovic volley was charged down from a corner, but Napoli turned the game around completely with a free-kick routine to go 2-1 ahead in the 50th minute.

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Piotr Zielinski pretended to walk away, only to then run up and dink it over the top for Amir Rrahmani’s diving header at the back post.

Osimhen hit the side-netting, but Fiorentina forced practically a goal-line clearance from Fabian Ruiz as Nikola Milenkovic knocked the cornerback from the by-line.

Vlahovic hit a fresh-air shot when Nico Gonzalez squared a promising assist and Alvaro Odriozola tested Ospina, but Eljif Elmas also came sliding in a fraction too late to meet the Osimhen roll across.

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