Victor Osimhen was just unplayable as Napoli saw off Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to get a strong hold of the tie ahead of the return-leg at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Earlier, before the encounter Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner had compared the form of Osimhen and his own striker Kolo Muani.
Glasner claimed that there are similarities between both forwards, and they are currently among the top five strikers in Europe. The Frankfurt gaffer also promised a very open and entertaining match.
“Both have exceptional pace. Osimhen is a tad more robust,” Oliver Glasner stated. “Randal plays off the shoulder more often, whereas Osimhen is more of a hold-up player, who pops the ball off for the forward-running midfielders.”
“Both are currently among the top five strikers in Europe.”
While the claims might true given the France international has had a hand in 29 goals (15 goals, 14 assists) in 31 games, compared to Osimhen’s has 24 goal involvements in 24 matches for Napoli.
However, it was the Nigerian that came out on top in the contest, out performing Kolo Muani who unfortunately got himself sent off for a stud’s up tackle on André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
Osimhen put off any form of comparison with a poacher’s performance, he first won a penalty for his team, unfortunately Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was unable to convert the kick.
Undeterred by the set back, the Nigerian once again showed great pace to get behind a devastating Napoli counter to eventually put his side ahead in the 40th minute.
Osimhen, once again thought he had doubled his side’s lead following another devastating Napoli counter, but he was flagged to be marginally offside.
Kvaratskhelia later made atonement for his earlier penalty miss by providing the assist for Napoli’s second goal with a beautiful piece of play before releasing Giovanni Di Lorenzo to score the second.
Osimhen is now on a scoring run, as he has found the back of the net in eight matches in his last nine appearances, the Nigerian proving once again that he could be the hottest property in world football right now.