Victor Osimhen Downs Mourinho’s Roma As Napoli Open Gap On Serie A Leadership

Victor Osimhen Downs Mourinho’s Roma As Napoli Open Gap On Serie A Leadership

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By Our Correspondent

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen scored the all-important goal as his club Napoli defeated AS Roma 1-0 away to open a 3-point lead in the Italian Serie A league

The victory on Sunday was Napoli’s 11th consecutive wins in all competitions as they now top the League log with 29 points from 11 games.

Osimhen scored his third goal in three straight matches in the 80th minute to down Jose Mourinho’s Roma at the Stadio Olimpico with both coaches being cautioned with yellow card as temper went high.

Luciano Spalletti’s side took advantage of Atalanta’s 2-0 home defeat to Lazio earlier on Sunday to move further ahead of the pack and become the only unbeaten side left in Italy’s top flight after week 11 matches.

Napoli’s nearest challengers now reigning champions AC Milan following their 4-1 thumping of Monza on Saturday have 26 points from same number of matches.

Roma are seven points back in fifth after a dogged, battling performance at the Stadio Olimpico which lacked in invention and but largely kept a lid on possibly Europe’s most exciting team.

Napoli thought they had a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot when referee Massimiliano Irrati blew for a foul on Tanguy Ndombele by Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

But as a chorus of boos and whistles rolled down the stands from fans outraged at penalising Patricio when he clearly took the ball first, Irrati checked the pitchside monitor and overturned his own decision.

Roma didn’t have a single shot on target in the first half and struggled to create anything after the break, when Napoli slowly began to threaten.

Eljif Elmas was denied a close-range tap-in on the hour mark by a magnificent Chris Smalling block and from the resulting corner ex-Roma man Juan Jesus slashed wide after being set up perfectly by Osimhen.

Osimhen dragged a colossal chance wide with just Patricio to beat after a lightning Napoli counter-attack in the 70th minute.

But the 23-year-old rattled in a much more difficult effort 10 minutes later, charging on to Matteo Politano’s booted long pass before holding off Smalling and claiming the three points with a rocket of a finish.

Atalanta had the chance to move a point in front of Napoli ahead of their win at Roma but Lazio put in the perfect away performance without injured Italy striker Ciro Immobile to move into the top four.

Mattia Zaccagni’s tap-in at the end of a beautifully-worked team move put Lazio ahead in the 10th minute at the Gewiss Stadium.

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