It was another goal-laden weekend for the Eagles duo of Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman, with both players issuing a strong warning to Portugal ahead of Thursday’s friendly match, reports AOIFootball.com.
At the Carlo Castellani in Empoli, right-back Tyronne Ebuehi returned to the starting XI after sitting out a 2-0 midweek loss to Napoli as he helped the host return to winning ways against Cremonese, which also featured David Okereke from the beginning.
After a goalless first half, substitute Nicolò Cambiaghi opened the scoring seconds after his introduction and the hosts made it 1-0 less than a minute into the second half.
Still, with a chance at equalizing, the visitors turned to Cyriel Dessers after the hour mark with the striker returning from a two-week injury break.
Despite the extra firepower, the hosts held their own and scored a second with two minutes remaining to seal the 3 points, a result that means Ceremonense remain without a league win heading into the World Cup.
Elsewhere at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, striker Victor Osimhen continued his rich goalscoring form for Napoli, who survived a final scare to beat Udinese 3-2 with Isaac Success assisting and Kingsley Ehizibue playing throughout the 90. minutes.
With 8 league goals to his name, Osimhen ensured he reached the world cup break as top scorer in Serie A as he put Napoli ahead after just 15 minutes to make it 1-0. .
The attacker was heavily involved in Napoli’s second goal just after half an hour with Piotr Zielinski converting for 2-0.
Eljif Elmas then made it 3-0 just before the hour mark, but the visitors somehow scored twice against the build-up to set up a nervy finish.
First, it was Isaac Success who set Nestorovski up for 3-1 before Lazar Samardžić scored the second goal 3 minutes later, but the host held on for all 3 points to extend their unbeaten league record to 15 games.
Finally, at Atalanta’s Gewiss Stadium, striker Ademola Lookman scored his seventh league goal but was unable to help his Atalanta to victory after their 2-3 loss at home to Juventus.
Lookman opened the scoring from the spot midway through the half, but Edin Džeko equalized to make it 1-1, a moment later before he then grabbed a brace from him in the 56th minute to make it 2-1.
José Luis Palomino then scored his own goal after the hour mark to make it 3-1, but then made amends and scored on the other side well, but failed to come back as they suffered their third loss in a row.