Osimhen becomes Nigeria’s all-time top scorer in the Italian Serie A

Osimhen becomes Nigeria’s all-time top scorer in the Italian Serie A

Super Eagles star Victor Osimhen was unplayable again as he helped his side nick a 2-1 win over Ademola Lookman’s Atalanta on Saturday. 

Osimhen, who was tied on the same number of goals (31) as fellow countryman Simy Nwankwo in the Seria A history books, scored his side’s first goal to go clear as the highest-scoring Nigerian in Italy.

With his goal on Saturday, the 23-year-old has surpassed the former Crotone hero. Former Inter Milan striker, Obafemi Martins, scored 28 goals while Stephen Makinwa and Victor Nsofor bagged 16 and 14 goals respectively for Atalanta and Chievo Verona.

Meanwhile, fellow Nigerian star Lookman scored his side’s only goal in the top-of-the-table clash at Gewiss Stadium.

Osimhen and Lookman on target again 

Osimhen and Lookman continued their impressive streak in front of goal as they traded goals, although the latter ended up on the losing side.

Going into the match, Lookman had scored five league goals for Atalanta, including four in his last five games, and he continued from where he left off as he put Atalanta ahead in the 19th minute.

Lookman's goal came courtesy of help from his countryman, Osimhen, after he was penalised for a handball following an Atalanta corner.

The former RB Leipzig man dispatched the spot-kick perfectly for his seventh goal in the Italian top flight. The goal means Lookman has now equalled his best tally in a single campaign in Europe's top five leagues after just 13 games.

In addition, Lookman celebrated the goal by replicating Cristiano Ronaldo's latest celebration. However, his joy was shortlived as Napoli drew level four minutes later through Osimhen.

The former Wolfsburg man headed home a teasing cross from Piotr Zielinski. It was Osimhen's eighth goal in the league this season and his fifth in his last six games for the Naples club.

Osimhen becomes Nigeria's all-time top scorer in the Italian Serie A

The goal was also his 32nd in the league since his move from Lille in 2020, surpassing Simy Nwankwo as Nigeria's all-time top scorer in the Italian Serie A.

After achieving that feat, Osimhen held off his marker Merih Demiral before setting up Eljif Elmas for what is to eventually be the winner 35th minute.

The second half resumed with Atalanta looking for an equalizer, but Napoli did brilliantly to hold on for another important win. The victory extends their lead at the top of the table to six points.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago

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