- In the midst of this, Osimhen faced a tough time, particularly due to a missed penalty kick in a previous match against Bologna
Nigeria’s striker, Victor Osimhen, demonstrated resilience as he temporarily put aside the recent social media storm surrounding Napoli to make a significant impact on the pitch.
Napoli, seeking to recover from a three-match winless run in Serie A, faced Udinese on Wednesday, aiming to regain their winning ways after securing the Scudetto the previous season.
The pressure was mounting on new coach Rudi Garcia as the team sought to find their footing in the league.
In the midst of this, Osimhen faced a tough time, particularly due to a missed penalty kick in a previous match against Bologna and a subsequent controversial post on Napoli’s official TikTok account, seemingly mocking him.
The situation escalated, with Osimhen considering legal action. However, displaying remarkable composure, Osimhen managed to rise above the scrutiny, ending a four-game goal drought with a skillful finish in the 39th minute, boosting Napoli to seventh place in the league standings.
The match unfolded with several key moments, including a penalty awarded to Napoli after a foul on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, which was eventually converted by Piotr Zielinski.
The team’s performance improved as Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen, and Mario Rui tested Marco Silvestri, Udinese’s goalkeeper. Osimhen’s notable goal in the 39th minute showcased his resilience and determination.
The game continued with moments of excitement, including Kvaratskhelia’s successful attempt, which helped him open his account for the season.
Lazar Samardzic and Giovanni Simeone also made their mark on the game, contributing to Napoli’s decisive victory. The win was a much-needed positive turn for the defending champions, marking a step towards recovering their form and solidifying their position in the league.