Osimhen Fails To Score Again As Napoli Triumph Against Atalanta In Serie A
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By Our Correspondent
Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen provided assist on Saturday as Napoli beat Atalanta 2-0 in Serie A encounter at the Diego Amanda Maradona Stadium.
Osimhen provided the assist for Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s goal in the 66th minute as Napoli worked to return to winning ways after the last weekend’s loss against Lazio
Fed the ball by Victor Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia had plenty of work to do and left Atalanta captain Rafael Toloi bamboozled by his shimmying footwork, with the defenders collectively powerless to prevent a masterpiece.
Amir Rrahmani’s looping header in the 77th minute made the points safe, as Eljif Elmas sent a corner from the right into the danger zone and the centre-back did the rest.
It is two consecutive matches Osimhen failed to find the back of the net, however, Napoli still keep the destiny of winning their first Serie A trophy since 1990 in their hands.
Defeat for second-placed Inter at Spezia on Friday eased the pressure on Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli, and that result felt to some extent like a white flag from the distant chasing pack.
Napoli’s loss to Lazio had resulted in their lead being clipped to 15 points, but Inter’s defeat meant they were assured of coming out of this round with at least a 17-point cushion.
This 22nd win from 26 games moves Napoli ever closer to that first league title since 1989-90, with the only real downside being injuries to Meret before kick-off and defender Kim Min-jae in the second half.
Napoli will look to convert a 2-0 first-leg lead into an aggregate victory when they host Eintracht Frankfurt at the Champions League last-16 stage on Wednesday. Atalanta are back on Serie A duty on Friday when they play at home against Empoli.