Victor Osimhen Bags Hat-Trick for Napoli in Serie Clash vs Sassuolo

Victor Osimhen Bags Hat-Trick for Napoli in Serie Clash vs Sassuolo

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at February 28, 2024 at 6:22 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen scored his first hat-trick for Napoli
  • The Nigerian scored in Napoli's 6-1 win over Sassuolo
  • The striker has now scored five goals in three matches

Victor Osimhen has scored in his third game in a row for Napoli after returning from international duty with Nigeria.

The striker bagged a hat-trick against Sassuolo in a Serie A clash to help the champions get a comfortable lead.

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Victor Osimhen of Napoli celebrates scoring his team's second goal against Sassuolo. Photo by Alessandro Sabattini.
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Sassuolo had taken the lead through Uros Racic in the 17th minute before Amir Rrahmani equalised in the 29th minute.

His first goal came from a brilliant link-up play. Giovanni Di Lorenzo found himself in acres of space on the right-hand side before passing it to Matteo Politano.

The forward cut the ball back to Osimhen, who finished comfortably to give Napoli a 2-1 lead, per AP.

His second of the night was thanks to a misplaced pass from the hosts. Politano set up the Nigerian who finished past Andrea Consigli.

His third of the night came from another Sassuolo mistake again.

Osimhen matched Maradona's record

After his hat-trick, the African Footballer of the Year took his tally in the Serie A to 11 and 13 in all competitions.

The Nigeria striker has now scored at least 10 Serie A goals in four straight seasons. Since joining Napoli in 2020 from Lille, Osimhen has scored 10, 14, 26, and 11 goals in the last four Serie A seasons, respectively.

Osimhen joins Diego Maradona (1984-85 to 1987-88) and Attila Sallustro (1929-30 to 1932-33) on that list, as Sports Brief reported earlier.

The Super Eagles star has now scored 69 goals for the Italian giants in 121 matches. 61 of those goals have come in the Serie A.

Osimhen joins Haaland, Mbappe in exclusive club

Sports Brief, in a previous report, stated Napoli star, Osimhen, had joined Mbappe and Haaland in an exclusive UEFA Champions League goal club.

The Nigerian found the back of the net in the Partenopei’s draw against La Blaugrana. He is attempting to defend the Serie A Golden Boot he won last season.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.