Napoli striker thrashes Sassuolo 4-0 in Italian Serie A

ROME (AP) — What a shame for most soccer fans that Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia will not be at the World Cup in Qatar.

Napoli’s forwards are two of the most entertaining players this season in Europe.

When he is healthy – which is not often – Osimhen is a goalscoring threat like any other. Kvaratskhelia is a dribbling wizard who can assist, score and keep supporters on the edge of their seats.

With a hat-trick from Osimhen and a further goal from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Napoli, unbeaten leaders in Italian Serie A, thrashed Sassuolo 4-0 on Saturday and extended their winning streak in all competitions to 13 wins.

“I just want to keep the momentum going and help my team,” Osimhen said. “This season, the coach (Luciano Spalletti) has given me all the confidence I can get.”

Unfortunately, neither Osimhen nor Kvaratskhelia will play in the World Cup in Qatar because their respective teams, Nigeria and Georgia, failed to qualify.

Along with Paris-Saint Germain and Real Madrid, Napoli are among the only teams in Europe’s top five leagues to remain undefeated.

The victory coincided with the birthday celebration of the great Diego Maradona, who would have turned 62 on Sunday. Maradona, who died in 2020, led Napoli to their only two Serie A titles, in 1987 and 1990.

Now a new title appears within reach for the southern Italian club, which lead defending champions Milan by six points ahead of their visit to Torino on Sunday.

Osimhen opened the scoring after 4 minutes when he finished off a cross from Kvaratskhelia. A quarter of an hour later, Osimhen increased after a pass from his teammate that looked like a billiards play. The Georgian increased at 36 minutes and Osimhen put definitive figures at 77.

The next commitment will be on Tuesday, in a visit to Liverpool in which Napoli will try to complete a perfect group stage in the Champions League.


Juventus bounced back from being knocked out of the Champions League by beating Serie B champions Lecce 1-0 for their third straight league victory.

Nicolò Fagioli scored for the first time in the league with a spectacular 73rd-minute shot off an assist from substitute Samuel Iling-Junior, which was also one of the few bright spots in the week’s 4-3 loss to Benfica.

Morten Hjulmand nearly equalized for Lecce with a shot at the post in another unconvincing Juventus performance.

Still Juventus advanced to sixth place, 10 behind Napoli.

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