VICTOR OSIMHEN CONTINUED his red-hot return from injury with a hat-trick in Napoli’s 4-0 win over Sassuolo, which left his side six points clear at the top of Serie A on Saturday.
Nigerian striker Osimhen scored twice in the first 19 minutes in Naples and then scored a third with 13 minutes left to ensure Napoli extended their club-record winning streak to 13 matches and their lead over champions AC Milan, who face Turin on Sunday.
The 23-year-old has returned to the squad after more than a month out with a thigh injury, scoring six goals in his last four games between Serie A and the Champions League.
Saturday’s clinical display of finishing took his league tally this season to seven goals in eight games and put him level with Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic at the top of the scoring charts.
His first two goals were scored by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, this year’s revelation who also scored his third in an emotional display on the day Napoli celebrated the 62nd birthday of late club icon Diego Maradona, which would have been Sunday.
Georgia winger Kvaratskhelia has scored eight times and has scored eight more since arriving in the summer and plays for Napoli with the kind of enthusiasm and freedom few have had since Maradona fled Italy in disgrace in the early 1990s.
Luciano Spalletti’s side are still undefeated and have scored 50 times in all competitions, and it’s starting to look like the real deal, a team that could end Napoli’s 32-year wait for the league title.
Meanwhile, sublime performances from forwards Jamal Musiala and Sadio Mane propelled Bayern Munich back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 6-2 home win against Mainz.
Both scored one goal each, while Mané contributed two assists, leaving Bayern two points clear at the top of the table, the first time they have led the Bundesliga since August.
Serge Gnabry opened the scoring in the sixth minute, while teenager Musiala scored his seventh goal of the season in the 28th minute.
Mainz defender Alexander Hack fouled Mane in the area in the 40th minute. The ex-Liverpool striker took the penalty and while goalkeeper Robin Zentner saved Mané’s shot, the Senegalese took advantage of the rebound to put Bayern 3-0 ahead.
Mainz, who missed a 45th-minute penalty, had another brief glimmer of hope before the break when Silvan Widmer headed in a corner, but Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka scored from a Mané cross in the 58th minute to give Bayern a 4 unassailable. -1 lead.
French striker Mathys Tel, 17, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both scored late for Bayern, while Mainz’s Marcus Ingvartsen took advantage of a late Munich keeper error to make the final score 6-2.
Bayern have won six straight games, scoring 25 goals since their last-minute 2-2 draw with Dortmund in early October.
Meanwhile, in France, Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain twice came out from under to secure victory in a seven-goal thriller against Troyes.
Christophe Galtier’s team remains undefeated after struggling to secure a 4-3 victory at the Parc des Princes.
Mama Balde took the visitors ahead twice in the game, only for Carlos Soler and Lionel Messi to equalize for PSG.
A Neymar kick and a Kylian Mbappé penalty were enough to seal the victory, with Ante Palaversa’s late goal making the home team sweat in the closing minutes.