Osimhen sinks Sassuolo while Torino shock AC Milan

(Football news) Victor Osimhen struck a brilliant hat trick as Napoli extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches on Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Sassuolo. Osimhen started the scoring when he put them ahead in the fourth minute after latching onto a pass from Kvaratskhelia. The 23-year-old quickly made it 2-0 in the 19th minute when he scored yet another goal from a pass from Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian Maradona continued the rout in the 36th minute before Osimhen completed a brilliant hat trick in the 77th minute as he lobbed the ball over Consigli. Sassuolo ended the match with Armand Lauriente being sent off in the 84th minute after he picked up his second yellow card. Napoli after this result  have a six-point lead with 32 points from 12 games. 

"Congratulations to the team, I am happy to contribute to this win. Of course it is good to have as many goals as this, I want to keep the momentum going," Osimhen told the reporters. "This season the coach has given me as much confidence as I can get. I am really happy to rely on him giving me the maximum confidence. I have just returned from five weeks out, which is not easy, and it is important to get really integrated with the team."

Struggling Torino grabbed a shocking 2-1 home win against AC Milan as the defending champions succumbed to a second Serie A loss this season. Milan fell to third in the standings on 26 points from 12 games. Stefano Pioli's men dominated possession and looked to settle into the game but Torino took a very surprising lead in the 35th minute through Koffi Djidji. Torino midfielder Aleksey Miranchuk doubled Torino's advantage two minutes later when goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic sent a long ball directly to the Russian as he fired a low shot inside the right post. Milan got a goal back through Junior Messias who took their first shot on target in the 67th minute after an error by Milinkovic-Savic left the goal unmarked and allowed the Brazilian to shoot into the empty net.

Milan lacked clear cut chances to draw level as Torino ended their unbeaten run of 17 Serie A away matches. Milan now need to avoid a defeat against RB Salzburg to progress to the Champions League knockout stage. Torino moved up to ninth in the standings with 17 points as they secured two successive league wins for the first time since January, while Milan dropped down to third in the table after Atlanta’s 2-0 win over Empoli.

"[This defeat leaves me with] disappointment, we could have done better," Pioli said in a news conference. "We knew it would be a dirty, difficult, physical [game]. But we should have moved better without the ball, we struggled to find solutions."

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