Napoli continued their march towards their first Serie A title since 1990 with a 2-0 win against Sassuolo on Friday. The Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and the Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen scored the goals that helped the team extend their lead at the top of the table to 18 points. With a run of seven consecutive league wins, Napoli look almost certain to claim the Scudetto that their fans have been dreaming of for decades.
The victory at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia was also significant for Luciano Spalletti, who celebrated his 1,000th game as a manager. The match saw an invasion of Napoli fans in the home supporters’ stands as the away section was closed.
Napoli have collected an impressive total of 62 points from 23 matches this season, leaving their rivals trailing far behind. Inter Milan, who are second in the table, can only hope to reduce the gap to 15 points if they beat Udinese on Saturday night.
Napoli’s attention now turns to the Champions League, where they face Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday. With the outstanding form of Kvaratskhelia and Osimhen, the team will be hoping to make a deep run in the competition.
Kvaratskhelia opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a superb run and finish, taking his tally to ten goals in his debut season in Italy’s top flight. Osimhen then doubled Napoli’s lead in the 33rd minute with an impressive goal from a tight angle, capping off a strong period of form that has seen him score nine goals in eight league matches since the start of the year.
Sassuolo, who had put up a fight against AC Milan and Atalanta in recent weeks, struggled without their injured star Domenico Berardi but still created some chances. They hit the post through Armand Lauriente shortly after Kvaratskhelia’s goal, and had a goal disallowed for offside later in the game. Napoli’s Giovanni Simeone also had a goal ruled out for offside in the closing stages of the match.