Napoli 4-1 Udinese: Osimhen Scores Amid Social Media Storm as Champions End Drought

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Napoli’s forward, Victor Osimhen, not only started but also scored the day following his agent’s legal action threat against the club. This victory marked the end of Napoli’s three-game winless streak as they defeated Udinese 4-1. Osimhen found himself at the center of unwelcome scrutiny after Napoli posted social media videos targeting their star player. In addition to Osimhen’s goal, Piotr Zielinski, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Giovanni Simeone also contributed to the Partenopei’s victory.

Victor Osimhen was on target as Napoli returned to winning ways by thrashing Udinese 4-1.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was brought down in the box by Festy Obesele and, after viewing the sideline video, the referee awarded a penalty kick which Piotr Zielinski took and finished with aplomb by sending Marco Silvestri the wrong way.
After a dramatic 24 hours where his agent said he was considering suing Napoli over a club social media post, Osimhen got on the scoresheet, taking Politano’s ball in his stride before flicking past Silvestri.

The lead was made three by Kvaratskhelia, who after twice hitting the post, brilliantly flicked the ball over the Udinese keeper and finished from close range.
Udinese got on the scoreboard with a fantastic individual goal from Lazar Samardzic, which saw him dribble past three players before exchanging a pass with Isaac Success then beat another two opponents and find the back of the net.
The relative closeness of the scoreline only lasted two minutes before Kvaratskhelia set up Napoli substitute Giovanni Simeone to restore the three-goal advantage.
Napoli jump up to fifth in table and with Inter’s defeat are only five points off top spot. Udinese drop to third bottom.

TALKING POINT – ALL WELL IN NAPLES?
Udinese may have been the perfect opponents for Napoli to play given their early struggles in this campaign, but this was an awesome performance however you look at it.

Napoli 4-1 Udinese: Osimhen Scores Amid Social Media Storm as Champions End Drought


For maybe the first time this season, they looked like the unstoppable attacking unit they were in the 2022/23 season. Given his agent’s statement earlier in the day, Osimhen is sure to still seek answers with off-field members of the football club – and his muted celebration was a sign of a man with a lot on his mind.
However, it appears he will be able to coexist, and indeed flourish, alongside his team-mates. This will all be for naught if they do not get a positive result at Lecce at the weekend.

But it at least appears Rudi Garcia has a chance to make this into a positive season. Even at the early stage of his tenure, he needed this result. Especially given the off-field drama of the last 24 hours.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH – KHVICHA KVARATSKHELIA (NAPOLI)
There were a number of fine performances from the Napoli attacking players with Matteo Politano irrepressible and Victor Osimhen the indomitable force of last season. It was the Georgian genius who stood taller than everyone though, with his desire to get on the scoresheet manic in the second half.

He faced unfortunate luck with two of his attempts hitting the post, especially the second one. However, his goal showcased a moment of brilliance, although it was somewhat overshadowed by Lamar Samardzic’s goal at the opposite end.

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