Nigerian international Victor Osimhen scored a double on a dream debut as LOSC defeated Nantes 2-1 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Despite selling 160 million euros worth of players in the summer including last season’s top scorer Nicolas Pépé, LOSC served notice that they’re credible challengers for a top three finish again as Ligue 1 Conforama saw more great talents unearthed by Luis Campos as Osimhen shone and record signing Yusuf Yazici impressed off the bench.
Because of transfers, injuries and suspensions, only four of the LOSC team that took to the field in Week 38 of last season at Rennes began this game. Jose Fonte – one of the quartet – was as precious as ever and his long ball led to LOSC opening the scoring in the 19 minute as Osimhen outstripped Nantes debutant Molla Wagué, controlled the ball superbly on his chest and left thigh and then finished across Alban Lafont, the goalkeeper making his first Nantes appearance after joining from Fiorentina on a two-year loan.
A Lucas Lima defensive error, clearing straight to Celik enabled LOSC to score the winner in the 80th minute. The full-back crossed and Osimhen’s touch created the angle for him to smash a shot past Lafont at the near post.
Signed from Charleroi for 12 million euros, Osimhen had trained with his new club for only five days having featured for Nigeria in the third-place play-off defeat to Tunisia at the Africa Cup of Nations.