Lecce vs Napoli 0-4: Super Subs Impact to Cap Dominant Napoli Win

Napoli secured just their second away win of the season and made it back-to-back Serie A wins with a commanding 4-0 win over Lecce. Leo Østigård got Partenopei off to a flying start early on. The unsettled Victor Oshimen then showed no signs of begrudging Napoli’s social media team on the pitch after coming off the bench to score a well-taken second-half goal before other substitutes, Gianluca Gaetano and Matteo Politano, sealed the win with late additions. 

The win also handed Lecce a second consecutive Serie A defeat as Giallorossi’s dream start of four straight home wins to start the season came to a crashing half at the hands of Napoli. 

Napoli Edge Even First Period

Napoli took control of the game from kick-off, maintained possession and probed for an opening. Partenopei had to remain patient against a well-drilled Lecce defence, but chances soon started to come, with Jesper Lindstrøm shooting wide from close range.

The opportunity gave Napoli momentum to push on and the opener soon followed after Piotr Zieliński’s whipped free-kick found Leo Østigård, who sent a thunderous header past a rooted Wladimiro Falcone. 

Yet Lecce looked to hit back quickly and the hosts soon started to create chances of their own. Giallorossi nearly struck with their first serious attack as a sweeping counterattack ended with Nikola Krstović cutting in from the left wing and firing a low shot at Alex Meret. 

More opportunities followed and Marin Pongračić had the best chance to level when he controlled a low cross six yards from goal but sent his resulting shot high over the crossbar.

Napoli soon regained their composure after the let-offs and the visitors went close to doubling their lead minutes before half time when Giovanni Simeone’s 20-yard strike dipped inches past the post. 

Oshimen Makes Instant Impact

Napoli looked to seal the points early in the second half and Rudi Garcia brought on Victor Osimhen in place of Simeone in a bid to add a second, decisive goal. 

The move paid off almost instantaneously as Khvicha Kvarat­skhelia launched into a mazy solo run on the left wing and floated an inviting ball towards Osimhen and the striker made no mistake in rising highest and heading high into the net. 

Partenopei Comfortably Secure Three Points

Lecce showed some fight after conceding the second goal and captain Gabriel Strefezza provided the biggest threat with a long-range shot that forced Alex Meret into action. Substitute Roberto Piccoli also came close to pulling a goal back for the hosts late on with a strong header that crashed into the side netting. 

Inevitably though, Napoli were firmly in control throughout and the visitors had time to net a late third when Gianluca Gaetano raced on to Giacomo Raspadori’s through ball and lashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

There was also time for a fourth after a clumsy Ylber Ramadani foul gifted Napoli a penalty in injury time that Matteo Politano thumped into the bottom corner to add one final blow to Lecce.