Okereke shines as Cremonese knock Osimhen and Napoli out of the Coppa Italia

Okereke shines as Cremonese knock Osimhen and Napoli out of the Coppa Italia

Nigerian forward David got taste of action for Cremonese who recorded their biggest win of the season on Tuesday.

The bottom placed side in the league shocked Italian football fans when they defeated leaders Napoli to reach the last eight of the Copa Italia.


With Cyriel Dessers missing due to injury, Cremonese new manager kept Okereke in the line up and the winger was impressive.

Cremonese took a shock lead early in the game. David Okereke burst down the left and rolled across the face of goal, it went past Daniel Ciofani, but Charles Pickel tapped in at the back post.

Moments later, Okereke almost got one himself from a similarposition, firing wide after getting away from Leo Ostigard.

Napoli equalized moments later when Juan Jesus bundled home aball over line, after a chaotic scene in the box.

Okereke almost got his side back in front when he whiped dangerous ball across the face of goal with nobody ready to meet itthis time.

Napoli led for the first time minutes later with a glance header from Argentine Giovanni Simeone.

With Cremonese causing a life of problems, Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti responded by introducing striker Victor Osimhen.

The Nigerian almost scored with his first touch of the game. He got a header on target but it was parried by the goalkeeper, only for his deputy Giovanni Simeone to miss the rebound from point-blank range.

Cremonese however scored an 87th minute equaliser to force gameinto extra-time.

There was nothing to separate them after extra 30 minutes and Cremonese won the penalty shootout 6-7.

The defeat ended Napoli’s hope of winning treble this season.

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