Osimhen Blanks Again For Napoli, Iwobi Unimpressive As Everton Lose Unbeaten Record

epa08683521 Parma's Simone Iacoponi (L) and Napoli's Victor Osimhen (R) in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma Calcio and S.S.C. Napoli at Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, 20 September 2020. EPA/ELISABETTA BARACCHI

Victor Osimhen wasn’t on the score sheet but put on an excellent all round showing as Napoli fought back to beat Benevento in the Italian Serie A.

Napoli were looking to bounce back from defeat to AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League as they visited lowly Benevento.

But it appeared they were headed for a second straight defeat when Roberto Insigne gave the home side a 30th minute lead.

The visitors thought they’d levelled matters three minutes after the interval but captain Lorenzo Insigne’s effort was ruled out.

Insigne was undaunted, however, and got the equaliser on the hour mark from Matteo Politano’s assist and Politano turned provider again setting up Andrea Petagna to score the winner seven minutes later.

The win keeps Napoli in second place, one point off leaders AC Milan who have a game in hand.

Osimhen opened his Napoli account in the 4-1 evisceration of Atalanta in their last league showing but has now failed to find the back of the net in two straight games and has now scored just one goal in five appearances following his club record move in the summer.

Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi was on from the start but was hooked off at halftime as Everton lost the Premier League’s last unbeaten record in losing to Southampton.

Iwobi started in place of the suspended Richarlison but was unimpressive as first half goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams gave an impressive Southampton at St Mary’s.

James Ward-Prowse beat Jordan Pickford with a ferocious finish before Che Adams doubled the lead with Danny Ings involved in both goals.

Everton went into the game having taken 13 points from their first five games and although stand-in skipper Gylfi Sigurdsson struck the bar from 20 yards when the game was goalless, the visitors struggled to seriously test keeper Alex McCarthy and finished the game with 10 men.

Full-back Lucas Digne saw red for a nasty challenge on Kyle Walker-Peters, the second successive game in which Everton have had a player sent off after Richarlison’s dismissal in last week’s Merseyside derby.