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Sports News of Monday, 20 March 2023


Osimhen hits brace for 21st league goal

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Striker Osimhen scored a brace for Napoli in their 4-0 win at Torino on match-day 27 of the Serie A fixture played on Sunday at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

He opened score in the ninth minute, before adding the second six minutes into the second half to take his tally to 21 goals in 23 matches, equalling the most goals scored by an African in a single Serie A season, held by Samuel Eto’o.

The Serie A top scorer was impressive all day, before being substituted in the 72nd minute for Giovanni Simeone.

The Gli Azzurriare are 21 points clear of the Serie A table and are aiming to become Italian champions for the third time, with their last success coming in 1990.

Ehizibue, Success, Udogie (Udinese)

Defender Kingsley Ehizibue was on target with the third goal to help Udinese secure their first home win this year as the Bianconeri thrashed AC Milan 3-1 in a Serie A match at the Dacia Arena on Saturday.

Ehizibue scored the winner in the 70th minute before he was replaced by Festy Ebosele, another defender of Nigerian descent.

Isaac Success and Destiny Udogie also featured and were impressive in the match as Udogie provided the assist for Ehizibue’s third goal.

Udogie was on for the entire duration of the match, while Success played for 73 minutes and was replaced by Florian Thauvin.

Okereke, Dessers (Cremonese)

David Okereke and Cyriel Dessers were in action as Cremonese battled to a 1-1 draw against Monza at the U-Power Stadium to claim a point that lifted them off the foot of the Serie A table.

Italian tactician Davide Ballardini handed Okereke, who has not scored in four league matches, a starting role, but the striker again fired blanks and was replaced by Dessers, who has also struggled for form this season and has netted just three goals in 2023.

Lookman, Ebuehi (Empoli, Atalanta)

Defender Tyronne Ebuehi scored the opener for Empoli, but it was not enough, as Ademola Lookman’s Atalanta staged a comeback to secure a 2-1 win and end their four-game winless run in a Serie A fixture played on Friday at the Gewiss Stadium.

Empoli boss Paolo Zanetti handed Ebuehi a starting role and the Super Eagles defender didn’t disappoint, as he netted in the 44th minute and put up an impressive performance for 90 minutes.

Lookman came on in the 76th minute for Giorgio Scalvini and was looking at ending his goals drought, but was denied any opportunity by Empoli’s defence. He got a yellow card after nine minutes of play, with the winger yet to score in seven league matches.


Terem Moffi (OGC Nice)

Nigeria international Moffi was included in Didier Digard’s squad as OGC Nice suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to visiting Lorient on match-day 28 of their Lique 1 fixture on Friday at the Allianz Riviera.

The 23-year-old striker scored and gave an assist in Nice’s 2-2 draw against Nantes on match-day 27 last Sunday and has registered 15 goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances in the 2022/23 season.

Moses Simon (Nantes)

Winger Simon was on the starting line-up for Nantes and helped the Canaries earn a vital away draw in their 1-1 stalemate versus Lyon in a Ligue 1 match on Friday at the Groupama Stadium.

The 27-year-old has struggled for form and has not scored in 11 league matches.