In a thrilling encounter on the fifth matchday of the Champions League group stage, Napoli, led by Victor Osimhen, faced off against Real Madrid in a clash that had significant implications for both teams.
Despite a valiant effort from the visitors, Napoli ultimately fell short, losing 4-2 to the Spanish giants. Osimhen, who didn't start the game, made a considerable impact in the second half, but it wasn't enough to secure a victory.
Adding an extra layer of intrigue to the match was the presence of Victor Osimhen's agent, Roberto Calenda, who accompanied his client to Madrid.
Reports suggested that Calenda was in the Spanish capital to discuss a potential transfer after the game, adding an element of uncertainty to Osimhen's future with Napoli.
Osimhen's impact not enough as Napoli falls short to Real Madrid
The Super Eagles striker found himself on the bench at the start of the match, with the ‘new' manager opting for a different lineup.
Osimhen's absence from the starting XI raised eyebrows among fans, but his presence in the second half would prove crucial.
The first 60 minutes of the match saw Napoli adopting a positive approach, but Real Madrid gradually took control, piling up chances and asserting their dominance.
Real Madrid vs Napoli as it happened
Goals from Simeone and Rodrygo for Napoli and Real Madrid, respectively, set the stage for a thrilling encounter.
Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham, caught on camera exchanging greetings with Osimhen, scored the second goal for the home side. Despite Osimhen's efforts, Napoli faced a setback. However, André-Frank Anguissa leveled the score, keeping Napoli in the game.
Coming on as a substitute during halftime, Osimhen immediately made his presence felt. Real Madrid's defense appeared unsettled by the Nigerian striker's pace and skill, prompting them to drop deep and narrow their play.
The 24-year-old managed to find the back of the net, the flag was up due to offside, showcasing his potential impact on the game.
Late in the match, Real Madrid secured the victory with goals from substitutes Paz and Joselu, leaving Napoli with a tough task ahead.
Currently sitting in second place with 7 points, Napoli needs to avoid defeat at home against Braga in two weeks to secure qualification to the Round of 16.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago