Napoli followers hailed the return of their Serie A title-winning heroes on Sunday as Victor Osimhen shot Napoli to a 1-0 win over Fiorentina of their first residence match since being topped kings of Italy for the primary time in 33 years. Nigeria striker Osimhen lashed residence the profitable penalty within the 74th minute, after lacking from the spot simply after half-time, to take his league-leading tally to 23 only a few days after netting the objective which sealed Napoli’s third Scudetto with a record-equalling 5 matches to play. The 24-year-old is now the best scoring African participant within the historical past of Serie A after overtaking George Weah and lapped up the applause of Napoli followers because the crew did their post-match lap of honour.
“I had the arrogance I’d rating the second. It is a good feeling to get the objective,” stated Osimhen to DAZN.
A celebration temper has enveloped Naples since Thursday’s attract Udine, and on Sunday afternoon followers let off fireworks and flares within the jammed streets across the stadium named after their icon Diego Maradona on a stunning sunny day in southern Italy.
Packed bars and eating places did a roaring commerce with locals and vacationers alike decked out in blue as a festive however relaxed temper dominated the town.
Earlier than kick-off supporters placed on a show of the Italian flag with the quantity three in honour of their title wins and hailed their crew with loud chants of “we’re the champions”.
However as soon as the match acquired underway a torpor slowly washed over the bottom, not helped by two groups with nothing to play for going by way of the motions and Napoli creating subsequent to nothing.
Nevertheless Osimhen saved the day when Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s weaving dribble in the direction of objective was stopped illegally by Nicolas Gonzalez and the striker duly punished Fiorentina.
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Flares had been lit throughout the bottom and blue smoke stuffed the air to hail a win which takes Napoli’s huge lead on the high of the desk to 17 factors over detested rivals Juventus.
The crew had been greeted with large cheers from the gang because the gamers trotted across the stadium’s athletics observe, taking it in turns to provide piggy backs to Hirving Lozano who suffered a doubtlessly severe knee harm in the direction of the tip of the primary half.
Supporters within the floor had been then handled to music from native pop stars whereas Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino reduce by way of an over-the-top spectacle which featured flames, highly effective hearth works, a lightweight present and a pulsating digital Italian flag flashing on the working observe.
“We have gained