Osimhen comes off bench to score in Napoli's win against Lecce


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Serie A champions Napoli continued their climb up the table with a 4-0 win at Lecce on Saturday, moving provisionally up to third place after Victor Osimhen came off the bench to score in the second half.

With one eye on their Champions League game against Real Madrid on Tuesday, Napoli manager Rudi Garcia left Osimhen out of the starting lineup, but the Nigeria forward wasted no time once he replaced Giovanni Simeone for the second half.

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Osimhen -- who is considering legal action against his own club over a video posted to one of the team's social media accounts that appeared to mock their star forward for missing a penalty last week -- took just six minutes to get on the scoresheet after his introduction. 

After a loose ball from Lecce allowed the forward to gain possession in his own half, his pass sent Khvicha Kvaratskhelia down the left wing before the Georgian cut in and his perfect cross was headed home by Osimhen in the 51st minute.

The visitors had taken the lead when defender Leo Ostigard scored his first Serie A goal while Gianluca Gaetano added a third two minutes from time when he scored from distance. Matteo Politano completed the rout with an injury time penalty.