Primavera: Samp earn impressive point against Atalanta
Sampdoria Primavera bounced back from their disappointing Coppa Italia elimination with a hard-fought draw against league leaders Atalanta on Saturday afternoon.
Atalanta started strongly, drawing a good save from Hutvagner and hitting the post in the opening 15 minutes, but it was the Blucerchiati who scored first as Stijepovic got to a ball before opposition keeper Carnesecchi and duly slotted home for 1-0 with 22 minutes on the clock.
Samp’s lead lasted for just ten minutes, however. From a corner, Kulusevski’s delivery was met by Heidenreich, whose header sailed past Hutvagner and into the net for 1-1.
The game became stretched after the break, with both teams squandering chances to take the lead. Atalanta continued to pose a threat on the break until the end, but Veips and then Hutvagner produced some heroics late on to ensure Samp got a deserved point.
Sampdoria 1-1 Atalanta (HT: 1-1)
Scorers: Stijepovic 22, Heidenreich 32.
Sampdoria (4-3-3): Hutvagner; Doda, Veips, Farabegoli (Sorensen 78), Campeol; Benedetti, Peeters, Canovi; Bahlouli (Cabral 87), Prelec (Yayi Mpie 58), Stijepovic.
Subs not used: Raspa, Maggioni, Giordano, Soomets, Perrone, Nobrega, Casanova, Boutrif, Amado.
Atalanta (4-3-3): Carnesecchi; Sortea, Okoli, Guth, Girgi; Colpani, Kraja (Gyabuaa 84), Kulusevski; Peli (Babbi 90+1), Piccoli (Nivokazi 64), Colley (Cambiaghi 64).
Subs not used: Piccirillo, Crogna, Brogni, Bencivenga, Guth, Capanna, Da Riva, Pina Gomes.
Assistants: Lenza, Nuzzi.
Yellow cards: Kraja 18, Canovi 27, Okoli 72, Benedetti 81, Kulusevski 82.
Added time: 1 + 4 mins.