Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen was the game-changer for Napoli on Wednesday evening as he came off the bench to inspire a fightback in their painful 2-1 loss away at champions Juventus, AOIFootball.com reports.
Having scored in back-to-back games for both club and country, the 22-year-old was surprisingly named among the substitutes for the visitors with Napoli gaffer probably rueing his mistake as the visitors struggled for real firepower upfront.
With his job seriously up for discussion, Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo had an early smile when talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo put them ahead after just 13 minutes when he finished off a cross from Federico Chiesa.
Gattuso then turned to Osimhen after the break, alongside Matteo Politano with the visitors looking for a way back into the game.
The Nigerian almost made an immediate impact when he came on as he forced the duo De Ligt and Chellini to defend deep with Napoli however conceding the second afterward against the run of play when Dybala scored moments after coming on.
Osimhen then continued his tenacious work in front of goal and was rewarded with a penalty after he was brought down by Chiellini with captain Lorenzo Insigne stepping up to make it 2-1.
Osimhen then almost stole a point for the visitors but his goal bound effort was blocked off as the hosts held on to win 2-1 and move up to 3rd, three points ahead of Napoli who remain 5th on the log after 29 games.
The Nigerian finished with a game rating of 7.0, winning one penalty, 5 duels, and was fouled three times as he was a constant threat to the Juventus backline.