Napoli swept to the top of the Italian Serie A after an emphatic 4-0 away win against Udinese at the Dacia Arena – Stadio Friuli on Monday night with Nigerian striker, victor Osimhen, continuing his rich vein of goalscoring form.
The leggy attacker put Napoli on the road to victory in the 24th minute when he reacted fastest to Lorenzo Insigne’s goal-bound looping ball which had caught goalkeeper Marco Silvestri napping. Osimhen stabbed the ball into the net when it appeared Insigne’s effort was over the line but television replays showed it was scored by the former Lille of France forward.
It is the third goal in two games for Osimhen after his brace in last Wednesday’s Europa League 2-2 draw with Leicester City earned Napoli a share of the spoils.
Napolis lead was doubled 10 minutes later when Amir Rrahmani nodded in defender Kalidou Koulibaly’s miscued half volley and the Neapolitan went into the break with a comfortable two-goal lead.
On resumption of the second half, Koulibaly got on the scoresheet himself seven minutes from the restart to dim any hope of a fight-back from the home team while Hirving Lozano put the game to bed with the fourth goal on 84 minutes.
It was a perfect start to the season for Napoli who now have the maximum 12 points from four games – the League’s only perfect start to the season – and are hoping to make amends for falling short of a Champions League spot last season now under new manager Luciano Spalletti.
Napoli’s next game is another away game at Sampdoria next Thursday.