The 23-year-old came out on top in the Nigerian derby as Luciano Spalletti’s men moved within one point of Inter Milan after a much-needed win in Venice
Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen scored his first goal since returning from injury to help Napoli beat Venezia 2-0 in their Serie A action at the Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
In a match that pitted Osimhen against Tyronne Ebuehi and David Okereke, it was the ex-Lille man that came out on top, with Ebuehi receiving a straight red card.
Osimhen was seeking redemption going into the match, having received a red card in the reverse leg in August 2021.
The Nigerian international was handed his first start following two substitute appearances after returning from his facial injury.
Osimhen started well and was a thorn in the flesh of Venezia defenders. The ex-Golden Eaglets striker almost put Napoli ahead in the first half but was denied by the post.
However, he would not be denied after the break as he rose highest in the 59th minute to head home from a brilliant cross from Matteo Politano.
It was Osimhen’s first goal since October 17 and his second headed goal in consecutive games. The goal is a reward for Osimhen’s all-round display.
112 – Victor #Osimhen has scored a goal in #SerieA for the first time since 17 October 2021 , 112 days ago – he has scored by head each of his last two league goals, having he scored only one such goal in his previous 14 goals in #SerieA. Back.#VeneziaNapoli pic.twitter.com/0lnf75vnDy
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The 23-year-old won two duels, completed three dribbles and made one key pass as Andrea Petagna added a late second to seal a comfortable victory for Napoli.
However, while Osimhen had a brilliant game, it was a day to forget for his international compatriot, Ebuehi.
Ebuehi made his return to Venezia’s team following his involvement with Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but he was sent off following a reckless challenge late in the game.
The on-loan Benfica star had made the headlines earlier when he collided with the referee, which left him bleeding.
Tyrone Ebuehi colliding with the referee in Venezia’s Series A game against Napoli. pic.twitter.com/UvJrnSs2ba
— Oh’ Kelvin (@kelvinekerete) February 6, 2022
Although he was able to continue, his afternoon ended on a disappointing note after he was given a straight red card in the fifth minute of added time.
Meanwhile, Okereke was also in action for Venezia, but the striker could not do anything to help his side avoid defeat.