Victor Osimhen fired blanks once again as Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw at home by struggling Lecce in the Serie A on Wednesday, Completesports.com reports.
Going into today’s fixture Osimhen had failed to find the back of the net at the weekend in the goalless draw at Fiorentina.
He has, however, scored two goals in four league appearances this term.
Napoli gave Giacomo Raspadori, Tanguy Ndombele, Leo Ostigard and Matias Olivera their first starts, rotating the squad after the goalless draw at Fiorentina.
Luciano Spalletti’s side had a bright start as Matteo Politano saw his scorcher acrobatically fingertipped over the bar by Wladimiro Falcone, but Ndombele clumsily clipped the back of Federico Di Francesco’s heels for a penalty.
The jeers were so loud in the stadium that when Lorenzo Colombo converted, he had to do it again, as the referee hadn’t blown the whistle yet.
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When he stepped up the second time, Alex Meret got down for a one-handed save at the near bottom corner.
Moments later, Napoli took the lead on 27 minutes when Osimhen knocked it down for Politano, whose cross-shot turned into an assist for Eljif Elmas to tap in from six yards.
Colombo recovered from the penalty miss as he equalized on 31 minutes with an absolute scorcher from 20 metres out, arrowing off his left foot into the roof of the net.
Osimhen went close to give Napoli the lead again but his glancing header flashed wide at the back stick and Politano went even closer with a cut inside and curler that grazed the upright.
Matias Olivera stung Falcone’s gloves after a Kvicha Kvaratskhelia back-heel flick, as did Giovanni Di Lorenzo at the near post.
Falcone rushed off his line to clear from Osimhen and only just managed to get there in time, while the Nigerian also failed to keep his header down at the back post in stoppages.
The draw means Napoli now occupy the third spot on eight points in the league table after four games played so far.
By James Agberebi
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