Nigerian Osimhen forced as Napoli see off Torino


Nigerian Victor Osimhen and Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly were selected as Napoli cruised to a 1-0 victory over Turin in a Serie A game on Saturday.

Although the Senegalese centre-back played for the entirety of the game, his Nigerian team-mate was substituted three minutes into second-half added time as Andrea Petagna replaced him.

Spain international Fabian Ruiz scored the game’s only goal in the 73rd minute as Napoli emerged victorious against 10th-placed Turin.

Napoli would have gotten a bigger score if Lucas Insigne had scored his penalty awarded a minute after the hour mark.

In a bid to inject new blood into his team, Luciano Spalletti made two changes in the 68th minute with the introduction of Matteo Politano and Piotr Zielinski in place of Hirving Lozano and Dries Mertens.

The changes paid off as Ruiz – who came on in the 77th minute for Stanislav Lobotka – scored five minutes later and Napoli were able to hold on to the slim lead until the end and claim the win.

Napoli’s other changes saw Lorenzo Insigne exit and his place taken by Eljif Elmas.

Despite five changes, Nigerian Temitayo Aina hasn’t played at all for Turin. Tommaso Pobega, Karol Linetty, Cristian Ansaldi, Levy Djidji of Ivory Coast and Pietri Pellegri replaced Rolando Mandragora, Samuele Ricci, Mergim Vojvoda, Armando Izzo and Josip Brekalo respectively.

Napoli, who will face Genoa and Spezia in their remaining fixtures, are third on 73 points, behind Inter Milan, who lead on 78 points, and AC Milan, who have 77 points and are due to play their 36th game of the season against Verona Sunday.

They edged four points past Juventus, who are fourth on 69, after the Turin club lost to relegation-threatened Genoa on Friday.


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