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Nigeria’s Simy Nwankwo breaks Obafemi Martins’ Serie A goals record in Italy


Simy Nwankwo, Obafemi Martins, Crotone, Lazio

Super Eagles and Crotone forward, Simy Nwankwo’s brace against Lazio in their 3-2 defeat on Friday has seen him emerged as Nigeria’s top-scorer ever in the Italian Serie A.

Simy equalised twice from Crotone’s first two efforts on target, cancelling out first-half goals from Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto in the 29th and 50th minutes.

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But a goal from substitute Felipe Caicedo five minutes from time secured a hard-fought win for Lazio at the Olimpico stadium.

The double took Simy’s tally to 12 Serie A goals so far this season one more than Obafemi Martins’ 11 league goals with Inter Milan during the 2004/05 season and five higher than his previous best return of seven goals during the 2017/18 when Crotone couldn’t avoid the drop.

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Crotone are rock bottom in the Serie A with 15 points from 27 games. They face Bologna in their next game.