Victor Osimhen scored for Napoli against Udinese in Serie A on Wednesday little more than 24 hours after his agent Roberto Calenda threatened legal action against the Italian champions.
The Nigeria international made it 2-0 to Napoli 39 minutes into the game at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona but hit the headlines due to his representative threatening his employers. The Serie A club posted a TikTok video — which has since been deleted — which showed Osimhen missing a penalty against Bologna with a squeaky voice saying “gimme penalty please” dubbed in.
The Serie A champions opened the scoring when Piotr Zielinski converted from the penalty spot after referee Gianluca Manganiello was sent to the screen by video assistant referee following a foul on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
Osimhen then collected a pass from Matteo Politano and slotted past Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri six minutes before half-time.
Kvaratskhelia hit the post twice early in the second half before pouncing on an error from Jaka Bijol to race clear, dink the ball over Silvestri, and roll it home to end a run of 17 games without a goal. A fine solo effort from Lazar Samardzic got one back for Udinese with 10 minutes remaining but just a minute later Giovanni Simeone, on to replace Osimhen, restored Napoli’s three-goal advantage.
Osimhen was substituted after 86 minutes of the goalless draw with Bologna last Sunday and questioned head coach Rudi Garcia as he was withdrawn.
The win moved fifth-placed Napoli to within four points of leaders Inter Milan.