Super Eagles star Victor Osimhen was back among the goals as he scored in Napoli’s 2-0 win at Venezia to give their league title hopes a huge boost, Completesports.com reports.
It was his sixth league goal and 10th in all competitions for Napoli in the current campaign.
The last time he scored in the Serie A was in October 2021.
After a goalless first half, Osimhen opened scoring in the 59th minute and was substituted with a minute left to play.
Also in action for Venezia were Nigerian stars David Okereke and Tyronne Ebuehi.
The win move Napoli to second on 52 points, just a point behind leaders Inter Milan.
Napoli welcomed back Osimhen for his first start since November 21, when suffering multiple facial fractures in a clash of heads.
Osimhen’s early attempt was deflected over the bar, while Matteo Politano’s half-volley after a Giovanni Di Lorenzo knockdown skimmed the woodwork.
There was a bizarre incident in the early part of the second half when Ebuehi accidentally ran into the referee, the clash of heads left both in need of patching up for nasty cuts.
Napoli took the lead when Politano whipped a ball to the back post, where Osimhen peeled away from his marker to steer the header back across the face of goal into the far top corner.
In stoppages Ebuehi saw a straight red card following a VAR on-field review for his very high tackle on Dries Mertens.
After a lengthy period of stoppages due to the VAR and head injuries, Napoli went on the counter when Lobotka won it back from Fiordilino, Mertens saw his shot parried into the path of Andrea Petagna who made it 2-0 in 10 minutes of added time.
By James Agberebi
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