Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, was sent off as Napoli registered their first Europa League win of the season, thanks to a deflected Matteo Politano strike to beat Real Sociedad away from home.
Victor Osimhen was shown a red card in Napoli’s 1-0 triumph over Real Sociedad in Thursday’s Europa League clash.
The Nigeria international, who joined the Serie A outfit from Lille, was shown the way out by referee Craig Pawson in the third minute of added time for a second caution.
After replacing Italian forward Andrea Petagna a minute after the hour mark, Osimhen was first cautioned in the 81st minute before he was given his marching orders 12 minutes later after elbowing Robin Le Normand while trying to control David Ospina’s goal kick.
That was the first time the 21-year-old striker was given sent off since he moved to Europe in 2017. He is expected to miss the Blues’ trip to Stadion Kantrida for a date with HNK Rijeka on November 5.
After a losing start against AZ Almaar, Gennaro Gattuso’s men returned to winning ways thanks to Matteo Politano’s 56th-minute strike.
Thanks to that result, they are third in Group F with three points from two outings.
“It was not an easy success at all but we deserved it.” Gattuso told the club website after the game.
“Tonight, we played 50% of the qualifying chances in the group. I liked the team so much tactically, we faced a team that especially on its field is very strong and we managed to keep great intensity.
“We could probably have done better in terms of quality, but in general I am proud of my boys and this group because it always shows me attachment and character.
“Despite the many changes we played a race at a high pace, always with attention and balance. That means I have an important foundation to work on.
“I just know that if we go on like this, we have a lot of room to be able to achieve our goals and then, maybe, look even further.”
Napoli will return to domestic league action when they welcome Sassuolo to Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.
They occupy the second spot in the log having accrued 11 points from five games – two points behind leaders AC Milan.