Osimhen bags hat-trick, becomes Napoli’s 13th all-time scorer

Wednesday's 6-1 away Serie A victory over Sassuolo saw striker Victor Osimhen climb to 13th place in Napoli's all-time scorers chart after scoring his first hat-trick of the season in just 16 minutes.

He had scored three goals against Sassuolo twice since moving to Italy in 2020. On October 29, 2022, the former Lille striker scored his first goal against the Neroverdi.

In addition, the 25-year-old assisted Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, who scored twice during the match, helping new manager Francesco Calzona earn his first victory in three games.

With the triple, Osimhen's goal total for Napoli since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations has increased to five in three games and to 13 in all competitions this season.
Uros Racic curled in an inch-perfect low drive from the edge of the box to give Sassuolo an early lead in the 17th minute. However, 12 minutes later, Amir Rrahmani tied the score for Napoli by capping off a well-executed team play involving Di Lorenzo and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa down the right flank.

Two minutes later, Osimhen gave Napoli a well-earned lead when he scored from seven yards after receiving a pass from Matteo Politano.
He immediately finished his hat-trick after the restart, courtesy of some suicidal Sassuolo defending. In an attempt to play it out from the back, Ruan Tressoldi passed the ball straight to Kvaratskhelia, who rolled across to score for the Nigerian.

Osimhen's triple makes him the third player in Napoli’s history to score at least 10 goals in four consecutive Serie A seasons after the late Diego Maradona (between 1984/85 and 1987/88) and Attila Sallustro (between 1929/30 and 1932/33), according to Opta.

Osimhen has now scored 72 goals in 122 games for Napoli and he is now joint fourth with Paulo Dybala in Serie A top scorers standings with 11 goals from 15 games.

The result keeps the champions in ninth place but they are now just eight points off the top four.