fbpx
Connect with us

Sports

Osimhen Scores 100th Club Goal, Juve Survive Penalty Controversy

Osimhen netted his third goal of the season from the penalty spot 15 minutes into Napoli’s first home match…

Published

on

WhatsApp Image 2023 08 28 at 2.04.42 PM
Victor Osimhen celebrating club's 100th goal

Victor Osimhen scored his 100th club goal as Napoli continued a perfect start to their Serie A title defence with Sunday’s 2-0 win over 10-man Sassuolo, while Juventus survived penalty controversy in a 1-1 draw with furious Bologna.

Osimhen netted his third goal of the season from the penalty spot 15 minutes into Napoli’s first home match since lifting the league title in front of their fans for the third time back in June.

And Captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo made sure Napoli would make it six points from six in the 64th minute, not long after Maxime Lopez was sent off and Giacomo Raspadori — who had hit the post seconds after kick-off — blasted a penalty into the stands.

“I think we played well, kept hold of the ball, we’re happy to have won the match in front of our fans,” said Di Lorenzo.

Advertisement

“We played well as a team. We’ve started well and the attitude is right so we’ve got everything for us to have a good season.”

Di Lorenzo’s first goal of the campaign came after some magical play from the returning Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who made his season debut an hour into a one-sided contest at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Kvaratskhelia scored 14 times last season and set up the same number again, and he made his mark just three minutes after replacing Italy forward Matteo Politano.

The Georgian was surrounded by defenders near the penalty area but took a couple of steps forward before slipping in Di Lorenzo for a simple low finish.

Advertisement

It’s early days but Napoli already look a dangerous proposition under new coach Rudi Garcia, who has a tough act to follow in new Italy boss Luciano Spalletti, the architect of the Scudetto triumph.

Next week Napoli, who are level with leaders AC Milan and Verona at the top of the table, host Lazio who are yet to get off the mark after being beaten 1-0 by Promoted Genoa.

Lazio finished second last season but were seen off at home thanks to Italy forward Mateo Retegui’s first Serie A goal after signing from Boca Juniors this summer.

Advertisement

It was a good sign for Spalletti who will need goals when Italy face North Macedonia and Ukraine in Euro 2024 qualifying next month.

Bologna Penalty Fury
Outraged Bologna held Juventus in Turin but were left wondering what might have been after being denied what looked to be a clear penalty moments before Dusan Vlahovic salvaged a point for the underwhelming hosts.

Vlahovic headed Juve level with 10 minutes remaining at the Allianz Stadium after Lewis Ferguson had put Bologna deservedly ahead midway through the first half.

But Bologna were incredulous when after on-field and VAR officials failed to punish Samuel Iling-Junior — who subsequently set up Vlahovic’s equaliser — for cutting down Dan Ndoye and stopping him from tapping in from close range.

Advertisement

It was a decision which so angered Bologna that it prompted a livid post-match reaction from the club’s CEO Claudio Fenucci as coach Thiago Motta refused to talk to media.

“I’ve done this job for 25 years and I don’t often go on TV to talk about referees,” said Fenucci.

“The win was taken from us by an incredible refereeing decision… It’s unthinkable that a challenge like that is not punished with a penalty and a red card.”

Advertisement

Not even the return of Paul Pogba to midfield after a year of injury problems could inspire Juve to claim the three points, the France star doing little as a second half substitute as Juve huffed and puffed ineffectively.

It was an uninspiring display from Juve which poured cold water on the idea that they are back as league title contenders.

“I’m obviously happy to be back… but I’m also a bit disappointed with the result,” said Pogba to DAZN.

“The positive thing is that we didn’t lose.”

Advertisement

Lecce bounced back from two goals down at half-time to draw 2-2 with Fiorentina thanks to goals from Hamza Rafia and Nikola Krstovic.

Stay ahead with VerseNews. Get the latest breaking news, insightful analysis, and trending stories. Your go-to source for timely updates and unbiased reporting.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WATCH: Nigeria Newspaper Headline Today

Apply For Latest Job Openings

Trending

JUST IN: FG Bans Money Ritüal, Smöking, Crime Scenes In Nollywood Films JUST IN: FG Bans Money Ritüal, Smöking, Crime Scenes In Nollywood Films
Entertainment1 week ago

JUST IN: FG Bans Money Ritüal, Smöking, Crime Scenes In Nollywood Films

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved regulations prohibiting the depiction of money rituals, ritual killings, tobacco use, and other...

I'm Obsessed With Ayra Starr - Tiwa Savage I'm Obsessed With Ayra Starr - Tiwa Savage
Entertainment1 week ago

I’m Obsessed With Ayra Starr – Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage recounted facing heavy criticism for her "sexy" style and "risky" lyrics early in her career, and praised Ayra...

Late Access Bank CEO’s varsity, Wigwe University Announces Resumption Date, Tuition Fee Late Access Bank CEO’s varsity, Wigwe University Announces Resumption Date, Tuition Fee
Education2 weeks ago

Late Access Bank CEO’s varsity, Wigwe University Announces Resumption Date, Tuition Fee

Wigwe University, founded by the late Herbert Wigwe, will launch in August 2024 in Isiokpo, Rivers State, offering programs across...

7 Inspiring Facts About Eagles That Will Motivate You Every Day 7 Inspiring Facts About Eagles That Will Motivate You Every Day
Lifestyle2 weeks ago

7 Inspiring Facts About Eagles That Will Motivate You Every Day

Discover the inspiring qualities of eagles that can motivate you every day, from their exceptional vision and fearlessness to their...

Tacha Reveals Cost Of Her Outfit At AMVCA 2024 Tacha Reveals Cost Of Her Outfit At AMVCA 2024
Entertainment2 weeks ago

Tacha Reveals Cost Of Her Outfit At AMVCA 2024

Former BBNaija star Tacha reveals her $100k outfit for AMVCA 2024, sparking mixed reactions online, adding to her reputation as...

When Is It Wrong To Say "I'm Sorry" In A Relationship? When Is It Wrong To Say "I'm Sorry" In A Relationship?
Relationship2 weeks ago

When Is It Wrong To Say “I’m Sorry” In A Relationship?

Saying "I'm sorry" in a relationship is crucial but can be damaging if overused, used manipulatively, or when one hasn't...

Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank
Politics2 weeks ago

Tinubu’s Government To Borrow Fresh N3.35trn ($2.25bn) From World Bank

President Tinubu's government is set to secure a $2.25 billion loan from the World Bank, with exceptionally favorable terms including...

I Was Offered Money To Impeach Fubara - Rivers Governor's Aid, Ehie Confesses I Was Offered Money To Impeach Fubara - Rivers Governor's Aid, Ehie Confesses
Politics2 weeks ago

I Was Offered Money To Impeach Fubara – Rivers Governor’s Aid, Ehie Confesses

Edison Ehie, Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Government, alleged he was offered money to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara...

Minister Of Power Distributes 10,000 Bags Of Rice In Oyo State As Part Of Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda Minister Of Power Distributes 10,000 Bags Of Rice In Oyo State As Part Of Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda
News3 weeks ago

Minister Of Power Distributes 10,000 Bags Of Rice In Oyo State As Part Of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu distributed rice in Oyo State to various groups, stressing its non-political nature and pledging transparent...

Nigerians Call For Arrest Of Man Accused Of S3xualizing And Using Photos Of 4-Year-Old Girl For P*rnography (Video) Nigerians Call For Arrest Of Man Accused Of S3xualizing And Using Photos Of 4-Year-Old Girl For P*rnography (Video)
Entertainment3 weeks ago

Nigerians Call For Arrest Of Man Accused Of S3xualizing And Using Photos Of 4-Year-Old Girl For P*rnography (Video)

Going viral on various social media is the report of a Nigerian dad Musa Suleman Defunnytv who posted posters of...

Advertisement