In their Round of 16 first leg Champions League match on Tuesday, 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt were easily defeated 2-0 by visiting Napoli thanks to goals from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Victor Osimhen.
In the 40th minute, Nigerian striker Osimhen, who has now scored 10 goals in his last nine games across all competitions, tapped in at the far post to give his team the lead.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who atoned for missing his first-half penalty attempt, provided a fantastic backheel assist for captain Di Lorenzo to double the lead.
Luciano Spalletti, the Napoli coach, said, “I am pleased with the performance. “The team displayed character from the outset, took charge of the game, and carried out our plan.” We had the opportunity to add a goal that would have likely helped us. Given that the game has yet to be played, I continue to believe qualification is 50/50 “We must maintain the highest level of humility because, if we go up against a team convinced we have an advantage, we may find ourselves dealing with unforeseen circumstances. The biggest adversary is arrogance.”
Error-prone The Italians were unstoppable and also hit the woodwork through Hirving Lozano. Frankfurt lost because Randal Kolo Muani was given the red card in the 58th minute.
Aurelio Buta of Frankfurt kicked Osimhen in an attempt to clear the ball, resulting in a penalty for them.
Kvaratskhelia, of Georgia, was unable to beat Kevin Trapp from the penalty spot for the lopsided Serie A leaders. Together with Osimhen, the forwards have scored 32 goals this season across all competitions.
Only five minutes later, Osimhen did it much better after Mexican Lozano, who caused havoc down the right wing with his darting runs, sent in another low cross to the far post for the Nigerian to score.
Since Arkadiusz Milik accomplished it in 2018–19, Osimhen is the first Napoli player to reach 20 goals across all competitions in a single season.
A minute later, Osimhen nearly identically put the ball in the net again, but his attempt was disallowed for offside.
In the 57th minute, following another Lozano through ball, Kvaratskhelia, a close-season acquisition, had a wonderful opportunity to double their lead but once again failed to beat Trapp in a one-on-one.
After a clumsy challenge on Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Frankfurt’s top scorer Kolo Muani received his marching orders, which marked the turning point for Frankfurt.
When Kvaratskhelia picked up the ball in the box and backheeled it for Di Lorenzo to curl a shot into the far bottom corner, Napoli’s pressure increased and they were rewarded in the 65th.
Frankfurt midfielder Mario Gotze said, “We still have to play the second leg.” “Why shouldn’t we score two goals as well, considering that they did so? Everything remains conceivable, as we are aware.”