Serie A 2022-23, Napoli blank Cremonese 3-0: Key stats
Hosts Napoli thrashed Cremonese 3-0 in a scintillating Serie A 2022-23 fixture. Goals from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Victor Osimhen, and Elif Elmas handed Napoli their 19th win of the season. Napoli have now won six matches in a row and dropped merely seven points this season. The Blues are chasing their first Italian title since 1990. Here are more details.
Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia attain these numbers
As per Opta, among the players in their debut season, Kvaratskhelia is the only one in the Big-5 European Leagues 2022-23 to score at least nine goals and provide at least nine assists. He has also scored two goals in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Osimhen has raced to 17 goals in 18 Serie A appearances this season.
Records galore for Osimhen
Osimhen has scored in his last six appearances in a row (eight goals). The last Napoli player to reach this streak in a single Serie A season was Gonzalo Higuain in February 2016. Only Erling Haaland (29) and Neymar (22) have been directly involved in more goals than Osimhen (20, equaling Lionel Messi) in the Big-5 European Leagues 2022-23.
A look at the match stats and league standings
With 59 points, Napoli are atop the Serie A 2022-23 standings (W19 D2 L1). Meanwhile, relegation-facing Cremonese lie at the bottom with eight points (D8 L14). They have been winless so far. Napoli dominated the scenes with 67% possession and 15 shot attempts, hitting the target 10 times. Cremonese had 33% possession and six shot attempts with one on target.
How did the match pan out?
Napoli burst onto the scene and found an opener in the 21st minute. Kvaratskhelia cut inside and scored a low-show past goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi. Osimhen doubled Napoli's lead in the 65th minute, with substitute midfielder Elif Elmas sliding their third 11 minutes from time. Meanwhile, Cremonese hardly tested the rival defense to suffer their 14th defeat of the season.