Serie A : Osimhen’s brace sends Napoli second after victory over Spezia
Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, netted twice as Napoli temporarily move second on the Serie A standings, boosting their hopes of a Champions League qualification.
The Nigeria international bounced back from his head injury during the 1-1 draw against Cagliari five days ago to give Napoli the important win in what happened to be the first encounter between both teams in Liguria in Serie A.
The only precedent between the two teams in the top flight had been at the Azzurri home with Spezia handing Napoli a shocking 2-1 defeat in their backyard.
An act of revenge was however served on Saturday afternoon as Piotr Zieliński opened that scoring for the visitors in the 15th minute.
Osimhen, who scored Napoli's only goal in their last game, netted his first in the 23rd minute before completing his brace in the 44th minute before the end of the first half.
The hosts pegged one back in the 6dth minute through striker, Roberto Piccoli, but it wasn't enough to pull a comeback as the visitors buried the game moments after.
Osimhen proved influential for Gennaro Gattuso's side by setting up Hirving Lozano for Napoli's fourth goal in the 79th minute, sending them second on the log until Third-fifth-placed Atalanta, Juventus and AC Milan play their match week 35 games.
Juventus host AC Milan in Turing, while Atlanta go away to Parma fou their receive clashes on Sunday with the three teams tied on 69 points, one behind Osimhen's Napoli with three matches left against Udinese, Fiorentina and Verona.