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Osimhen the hero for Napoli in Serie A win over Cagliari

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, is on the verge of signing a new contract with Napoli, extending his tenure until June 2026. THE ATHLETICNG

In a thrilling Serie A encounter at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Cagliari, thanks to the stellar performance of African Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen.

The win marked Napoli’s return to winning ways in the league and elevated them to fourth place.

After a midweek triumph that propelled Napoli to the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, the team was eager to continue their winning momentum against Cagliari. However, the first half of the match proved to be a scrappy affair, with both sides struggling to create scoring opportunities of true quality, resulting in a goalless scoreline.

The turning point came in the 69th minute when Victor Osimhen, who had already found the net in the previous game, once again showcased his goal-scoring prowess. The 24-year-old soared above the defense to head home a precise cross from Mario Rui, giving Napoli the crucial lead.

Cagliari swiftly responded, leveling the scores just three minutes later through the efforts of former Napoli star Leonardo Pavoletti. The striker, exploiting a close-range opportunity, ensured that Claudio Ranieri’s side remained firmly in contention.

Osimhen, however, proved to be the hero of the day in the 75th minute, displaying exceptional skill in the box to create space for himself before providing an assist to Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who confidently restored Napoli’s lead.

With the clock ticking down, Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri made a strategic decision to substitute Osimhen in the 82nd minute, bringing on Gianluca Gaetano. Despite the change, Napoli managed to hold on to their lead, securing the 2-1 victory and claiming the fourth spot in the Serie A standings.

Osimhen’s instrumental role in both scoring and creating opportunities underscored his significance to Napoli’s success, providing a promising outlook for the team’s future performances in both domestic and international competitions.

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