WHITE-HOT OSIMHEN SCORCHES SAINT-ETIENNE

Victor Osimhen continued his splendid form for Lille with a brace as Les Dogues dismissed St Etienne 3-0 on Wednesday.

Originally billed to start the game on the bench, the Nigeria international came on in the first half after veteran French striker Loic Remy went off with an injury in the 19th minute.

It did not take him long to make his mark on the game. In the 37th minute, the 20-year-old latched onto a low cross into the box from left-back Domagoj Bradaric to put the hosts in front, capitalizing on a defensive error to slip a cool left-footed finish past Stephane Ruffier.

Lille went 2-0 up after the break from the penalty spot, with Osimhen once again involved. The former Wolfsburg man showed great strength on the edge of the area to hold the ball up and lay it off, and Ivoirian Jonathan Bamba was subsequently brought down inside the box. Bamba dusted himself off, sending the keeper the wrong way to double the advantage in the 69th minute.

Five minutes later, Osimhen struck again. This time, it was right-back Zeki Celik with the delivery, and though the cross was behind him, the Nigeria international showed remarkable agility to swivel and plant a finish low into the bottom corner.

Signed only this summer from Belgian side Charleroi, Osimhen has hit the ground running in Ligue 1, his latest brace taking his tally for the season to four goals in his first three league games.

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