Osimhen hits brace on Lille debut

LILLE, FRANCE - AUGUST 11: Victor Osimhen of Lille scores a goal, beating goalkeeper of FC Nantes Alban Lafont during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and FC Nantes at Stade Pierre Mauroy on August 11, 2019 in Villeneuve d'Ascq near Lille, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Nigerian International Victor Osimhen scored twice on his French league debut to help the Lille to a 2-1 win over Nantes.

Runner-up last season behind Paris Saint-Germain, Lille hired the Nigeria striker this summer to compensate for the loss of Nicolas Pepe, who joined Arsenal.

The 20-year-old Osimhen, who scored 20 goals for Belgian side Charleroi last season after starting his professional career in the Bundesliga, showed both his athletic abilities and technical skills to put the hosts in the lead.

After Nantes gave the ball away in Lille’s half of the field, Osimhen collected a lofted pass with perfect chest control, pushed the ball forward with a fine touch, surged past a defender with a burst of speed and scored from close range with great composure.

Osimhen who joined the Great Danes on a long-term deal to replace Nicolas Pepe who switched to Arsenal for £72 million, took a fitting first step toward replacing the new Gunner, scoring after just 19 minutes on the field.