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Arkadiusz Milik scores first Napoli goal of the season

The first goal they scored themselves, anyways.

SSC Napoli v Espanyol - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

It’s been a long and difficult road since Arkadiusz Milik tore up his knee on international duty for Poland almost a year ago, but if his performance against Hellas Verona is any indication, he’s just about back to his best — and he proved it by scoring a terrific goal to give Napoli their first goal of the season that they scored themselves.

Now, Napoli already had a 1-0 lead before Milik scored, but that came from an own goal so it didn’t really count as Napoli’s first goal of the season. This one definitely counts, though, with a clever run to get onto a sublime ball from Lorenzo Insigne on the counter attack, and an inch-perfect half-volley finish.

It’s only Milik’s second goal scored since his return from injury earlier in 2017, with the first being an oft-forgotten late goal against Sassuolo in April. Napoli have an absolutely lethal attack without a healthy and in-form Milik in the team, but with him, it brings up the quality of the team in the final third to a whole other level, not to mention giving Maurizio Sarri a lot of much-needed options for depth and substitutions.

So please, Milik, score a lot more of those. You deserve the success, and Napoli could really use your best form again as they aim at chasing the Serie A title this season.