UEFA Champions League: Osimhen Gives Reason Why He Didn’t Take The Penalty Against Frankfurt
Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has given reasons why he ignored the opportunity to grab a hat-trick in Napoli’s round of 16 Champions League win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night.
Osimhen scored a scintillating brace as Napoli breezed past the Bundesliga side to seal a comfortable 3-0 win in their Champions League round of 16-second leg tie at the Diego Maradona stadium in Naples. You can follow UEFA Champions League results on Flashscore.
The in-form marksman had a chance after the hour mark to make it a hat-trick on the night but chose to pass it on to teammate, Piotr Zielinski, who went on to score Napoli’s third goal from the penalty spot in the 64th minute of the encounter.
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After the game, the 24-year-old explained that he is a team player and allowed his teammate to take it because the team’s success is the most important thing.
“On the penalty, Zielinski asked if he could take it and I said of course.”
“I am a team player, it doesn’t matter who scores, as long as the team achieves success. That is the most important thing. It’s good to have this mentality from the squad and I am happy with this win.”
Osimhen’s double against Frankfurt took his goal haul to four goals in four starts for Napoli in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Speaking further on the win and his performance on the night, the Super Eagles’ top striker describes the moment as amazing and huge.
” It feels good, it feels amazing, it feels good to make history with this win, we want to keep on going like this until the next round we are ready for it.”
This was a complete performance where Napoli never really needed to get out of second gear. It was a warning to those that await in the next round.
The 24-year-old is the first player to score for Napoli in both legs of a Champions League knockout tie and also the first Nigerian to score two goals in a Champions League knockout tie