Victor Osimhen inspired c to a 2-1 win over Udinese to help his club climb level on points with Serie A leaders AC Milan on Saturday as the fight for the title heats up.
Osimhen was the hero of the hour as his two goals on 53 and 63 minutes sealed the win at the Stadio Maradona in Napoli for Luciano Spalletti’s rampaging side.
After his double at Verona last week got Napoli back to winning ways, Osimhen, still wearing a face mask to protect his injured cheekbone, levelled the scores with a header after Gerard Deulofeu’s opener midway through the first half for the visitors, before his cross-shot put them ahead.
Napoli now have 63 points, level with AC Milan, who play at Cagliari later, and four points ahead of Inter Milan who have played two games less and take on Fiorentina at home also on Saturday.
Udinese had Pablo Marri sent off on 82 minutes as the visitors came under growing pressure, but saw out the match without further damage.
Napoli are chasing a first Serie A title since the days when Diego Maradona inspired them to their only Italian league titles in 1987 and 1990.
Osimhen thought he had a hat-trick, but it was ruled offside on a deflected Matteo Politano cross. There was another incident with a Napoli free-kick taken too quickly, resulting in Di Lorenzo and Silvestri colliding heavily, the defender coming off worse.
However, there was bad news for Napoli in stoppages, as Osimhen was booked for handball and will be suspended for the big game against Atalanta, along with Amir Rrahmani.