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Calzona Backs Osimhen After Penalty Miss

by Silverbird News24

Napoli coach Francesco Calzona has thrown his weight behind Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, after he missed a penalty in their 2-1 win over Juventus on Sunday at the Diego Maradona Stadium.

Following their 6-1 demolition of Sassuolo in midweek, when Osimhen netted a hat-trick, the Partenopei notched up a second consecutive Serie A victory on Sunday to give themselves hope of still capturing a top five finish.

After Kvicha Kvaratskhelia volleyed in the opener for the defending champions before halftime, Federico Chiesa equalised for Juventus and Osimhen had a chance to win the game for Napoli in the closing stages by winning a penalty off a foul by Joseph Nonge.

Osimhen’s penalty was, however, saved by Wojciech Szczęsny but the rebound was turned in by Giacomo Raspadori to give Napoli their 12th win of the season.

After the game, Calzona, Napoli’s third manager this season, reflected on Osimhen’s improvement and not the penalty miss.

Since returning from the 2023 AFCON, where he scored only one goal as Nigeria reached the final, Osimhen has been in superb form for Napoli with five goals in four games, including a hat-trick against Sassuolo last Wednesday.

In 16 league games this season, the 25-year-old has scored 11 goals and also provided three assists.


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