UCL Round of 16: Osimhen Secures Equalizing Goal for Napoli in 1–1 Draw Against Barcelona

UCL Round of 16: Osimhen Secures Equalizing Goal for Napoli in 1–1 Draw Against Barcelona

  • Napoli star striker Victor Osimhen has done what he knows how to do best as his team played against FC Barcelona on Wednesday, February 21
  • Osimhen secured a goal for Napoli as the game ended in a 1-1 draw in the Champions League meeting with Barcelona
  • The Nigerian striker outmuscled Iñigo Martínez before turning and finding the bottom corner, delivering an outstanding result afterwards

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Victor Osimhen has salvaged a draw for Napoli in his first club appearance since December 2023, as they held Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Victor Osimhen, Champions League last-16, Barcelona, Napoli
Osimhen scored his first goal for Napoli on Wednesday night after the AFCON tournament. Photo credit: GOAL.com, @victorosimhen9
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Robert Lewandowski handed Barca the lead in the 60th minute in Italy when he arrowed an effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, BBC reported.

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Barcelona dominated the pitch as Napoli struggled during the first-half of the game. But the hosts, Napoli, eventually found a way back when Osimhen slipped past his marker in the box before rifling past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to level.

The second leg takes place in Barcelona on March 12, 2024.

Osimhen returns to Napoli after AFCON

Meanwhile, Osimhen returned to his international football club, Napoli, following the just concluded AFCON 2023, where the Super Eagles came second.

A viral video sighted by Legit.ng saw the striker dressed in a black hoodie to hide his identity immediately after he landed at the Italian airport.

Also, Osimhen and another Nigerian, Victor Boniface, were ranked above Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski in the world's latest top 10 best strikers by SPORTbible.

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Osimhen cautions Nigerians dragging Alex Iwobi

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Osimhen asked his fellow Nigerians to remain objective when criticising them following the negative comments and insults Alex Iwobi had been getting.

Among other Eagles who have spoken, Osimhen added that fans should understand that footballers were just humans like them.

He went on to say that the bad comments Iwobi had been getting online could affect him mentally and make him lose focus and form.

Iwobi's uncle, Jay Jay Okocha, also addressed Nigerians over the issue.

Source: Legit.ng

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