After 33 years, Victor Osimhen helped Napoli win their first Serie A title on Thursday night.
In the second half, the Nigerian forward scored the decisive goal as Napoli came from behind after Sandi Lovric opened the scoring.
Osimhen’s title-deciding strike against Udine was his 22nd goal in 28 league appearances, causing bedlam among the massed ranks of away fans who took over Udine.
The Nigerian striker has had the best season of his career and has been key to Napoli’s historic charge to glory, becoming, in the process, one of the most devastating centre-forwards in European football, scoring goals left and right.
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An injury slowed down the 24-year-old striker’s scoring rate, but between returning from a thigh injury in mid-October and the recent round of African Cup of Nations qualifiers last month, he averaged a goal a game.
Over that period, Osimhen scored 23 times in 23 matches in all competitions, propelling Napoli to the brink of a historic Scudetto and becoming a bona fide fan idol even before he scored the goal that secured the title on Thursday.
Napoli’s Thursday win saw an end to a 33-year title drought, thanks to Osimhen’s title-winning strike which powered the team to glory, last won in 1990.
Napoli leads second-placed Lazio with 16 points, leaving them with a month-long parade between now and the end of the season which will allow their long-suffering supporters to fully unload more than a generation of frustration.
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