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Osimhen’s stunning late header secures dramatic win for Napoli

Victor Osimhen scored a late towering header to seal a hardfought 1-0 for Napoli over Torino which saw them record their eight consecutive win in the Serie A this season.

Napoli are now the only team in Europe’s top five leagues with a 100 per cent record and reclaim first position from AC Milan – 3-2 winners over Hellas Verona on Saturday.

It was Osimhen’s fifth goal in seven appearances so far in the Italian elite division this season, and his eighth goal in nine games in all competitions for Napoli.

With nine minutes left in the game, Osimhen emerged the hero for Luciano Spalletti’s dominant side.

Kalidou Koulibaly’s back-heel flick sent Dries Mertens down the left, his cross was charged down, then Eljif Elmas deflected the attempted clearance for the ball to bounce up and the Nigerian hung in the air to nod past the Torino keeper.

Napoli would have scored in the 27th minute after they were awarded a penalty but Lorenzo Insigne saw his effort saved.

It was Insigne’s third miss out of five attempted penalties this season.

In the 56th minute Napoli had the ball in the net with a smart free kick routine, Mario Rui whipping the ball across the six-yard box for Di Lorenzo’s header. However, after a very long VAR check, it was ruled marginally offside.

But luckily for the Partenopei, their record signing, Osimhen, was on hand to save the day.

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