Osimhen fires ‘dreaming’ Napoli into Champions League last eight

Victor Osimhen says Napoli are dreaming of Champions League glory after his brace shot the Serie A leaders to a 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and into the quarter-finals for the primary time of their historical past on Wednesday.ALSO READ: Haaland’s five-goal haul a warning to Man Metropolis’s Champions League rivals

Nigeria striker Osimhen struck both facet of half-time to make sure no slip-ups in Naples and assist his group safe an easy, and deserved, 5-0 mixture win.

Piotr Zielinski added Napoli’s third from the penalty spot on an ideal evening for southern Italy’s largest membership, who Osimhen believes can go all the way in which.

“It’s wonderful to make historical past with this win,” mentioned Osimhen to Amazon Prime.

“We are going to carry on dreaming, now we have the squad to take action (win the Champions League). I believe we’re on the best path. We now have a terrific coach. We are going to see what the long run holds for us, I believe now we have a very good likelihood.”

Luciano Spalletti’s facet are near securing their first Serie A title in over three many years and an already outstanding season bought even higher with a spot in Friday’s draw for the final eight of Europe’s prime membership competitors.

They’ve been powered to an nearly sure home triumph and a deep run in Europe by the red-hot Osimhen, who has now netted 23 instances in all competitions for presumably the continent’s most fun group.

Nonetheless Spalletti was much less bullish about Napoli’s probabilities than Osimhen, replying with a curt “no” when requested if he was flattered by Pep Guardiola saying his facet have been the perfect in Europe.

“It’s a recreation that folks play to place stress on different groups, it’s a recreation that everybody is aware of by now,” mentioned an irritated Spalletti.

Eintracht have been with out suspended France ahead Randal Kolo Muani following his sending off within the first leg and the Bundesliga outfit did little or no to hassle Napoli.

Oliver Glasner’s facet head out of the competitors on an evening by which their followers have been concerned in severe dysfunction after travelling to Naples regardless of no tickets for away followers being placed on sale.

Eintracht had determined to not take up their ticket allocation for the match after Italian authorities produced two separate bans in a matter of days, fearing a repeat of the difficulty in Frankfurt earlier than the primary leg.

– Fan clashes –

That didn’t cease the German membership’s hardcore followers nonetheless, who clashed with native police on a tense night in Naples.

Footage in Italian media from Tuesday additionally confirmed Napoli followers throwing objects at buses carrying Eintracht followers.

Across the stadium the ambiance was much less fraught as Napoli bought via with none bother.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia nearly scored his second surprise aim in lower than every week within the nineteenth minute after a superb deal with from Zielinski despatched him charging in direction of aim.

However he was pressured vast simply as he seemed for a taking pictures likelihood and ended up being denied well by Kevin Trapp, who did nicely once more two minutes earlier than the break to denied the Georgian.

Nonetheless Trapp might do nothing to cease Osimhen placing Napoli forward moments later, the Nigeria worldwide displaying why he is without doubt one of the most highly-rated strikers on the planet with a superbly timed leap and header from Matteo Politano’s hanging cross.

And Osimhen struck once more seven minutes after the break with a less complicated end, this time tapping in Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s low cross after extra good play from Politano and Kvaratskhelia.

Napoli have been cruising and, after two half-chances for Eintracht’s Daichi Kamada and Rafael Borre and one other good save from Trapp on Kvaratskhelia, they have been three forward on the evening.

The superb Zielinski was introduced down by Djibril Sow, permitting the Poland midfielder to mud himself down and calmly slot dwelling a spot-kick within the sixty fourth minute.

All that was left was for the packed Stadio Maradona to shout ‘Ole’ at each move as they watched their group make historical past.