Napoli got right back on track with a 2-0 victory away to Sampdoria, with Victor Osimhen on target.
The Partenopei had to get back on track after losing the rescheduled midweek trip to Juventus. Victor Osimhen and David Ospina were back in the starting XI, with Dries Mertens and Hirving Lozano returning to the bench.
Piotr Zielinski really should’ve opened the scoring after five minutes, but he lost his balance running onto the Matteo Politano assist and scuffed it over the bar.
Emil Audero got down well to palm away the Lorenzo Insigne curler, but the deadlock was broken with a wonderful team move.
Fabian Ruiz exchanged one-touch passes with Zielinski and Victor Osimhen before it returned to him to fire in from the edge of the area.
It really should’ve been 2-0 before the break, but Politano scuffed the finish wide from seven yards on a Giovanni Di Lorenzo assist.
Audero had to make a great double save on Fabian Ruiz and the Insigne follow-up from point-blank range, while David Ospina had two big saves on Manolo Gabbiadini, first rushing off his line for a brave block, then palming the curler away.
Ospina was limping a little ever since the collision with Gabbiadini and required treatment, but insisted against the substitution. It proved risky, as moments later Morten Thorsby nodded in an Antonio Candreva corner, but a VAR review showed Keita Balde Diao had fouled Ospina and Thorsby pushed Kalidou Koulibaly too, so the Sampdoria equaliser was disallowed.
Hirving Lozano was also booked for a foul on Audero and will be suspended against Inter. Dries Mertens also came off the bench, but fired horribly wide on an Insigne assist, and Thorsby made a decisive sliding tackle on the Belgian.
Napoli did get their second when Mertens sent Osimhen on the counter, firing past Audero at the near post despite an attempted Maya Yoshida block.