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Osimhen’s Napoli cruise while Milan stumble again



Osimhen’s Napoli cruise while Milan stumble again

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Napoli moved 19 points clear at the top of Serie A to effectively put one hand on the title with 11 games to play after Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored yet again in a 4-0 win over Torino – their 10th win in 11 games.


Osimhen’s double took his tally to 21 goals, becoming only the fourth Napoli player to score more than 20 goals in a Serie A campaign, while Kvaratskhelia is the first player in Italy to put up double figures for goals (12) and assists (10) this season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest goal scorer in Serie A history but reigning champions AC Milan saw their Champions League hopes dented following a 3-1 loss to Udinese amid a poor run of form where they have lost five of their last nine games.

Stefano Pioli’s side could have moved up to second place with a win at Udinese but the defeat left them in fourth with 48 points after Sunday’s results.

Inter Milan suffered their third defeat in four Serie A games as they were beaten 1-0 by Juventus, who retained a minor chance of ending up in the top four despite their 15-point deduction.

Inter dropped to second behind Lazio who won the derby against AS Roma 1-0.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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