Samp beaten in Florence
After Sunday’s victory over Torino, Sampdoria crashed back down to earth with a bump as Fiorentina edged the win in Florence despite Doria’s valiant late efforts.
Trailing 2-0 to goals by German Pezzella and Federico Chiesa and playing a man light following Jeison Murillo’s second yellow card, Eusebio Di Francesco’s men managed to halve the arrears through substitute Federico Bonazzoli with ten minutes of normal time left to play. The youngster initially headed against the post but pounced on the rebound and slammed home for his first-ever goal in Serie A. However, with the home crowd and an extra man against them, the Blucerchiati were unable to find a second and grab a share of the spoils.
Fiorentina 2-1 Sampdoria (HT 1-0)
Scorers: Pezzella 31; Chiesa 57, Bonazzoli 79.
Fiorentina (3-5-2): Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Lirola, Pulgar, Badelj, Castrovilli (Benassi 81), Dalbert; Chiesa (Vlahovic 90+2), Ribery (Sottil 73).
Subs not used: Terracciano, Ranieri, Boateng, Cristoforo, Ceccherini, Ghezzal, Venuti, Zurkowski, Terzic.
Sampdoria (3-4-1-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Murillo, Colley; Depaoli, Ekdal, Vieira, Murru; Ramírez (Rigoni 46); Gabbiadini (Bonazzoli 46), Caprari (Chabot 65).
Subs not used: Falcone, Augello, Linetty, Barreto, Jankto, Thorsby, Regini, Léris, Quagliarella.
Coach: Di Francesco.
Referee: Doveri (Roma 1).
Assistants: Fiorito (Salerno) and Di Vuolo (Castellammare di Stabia).
Fourth official: Piccinini (Forlì).
VAR: Pairetto (Nichelino).
AVAR: Liberti (Pisa).
Booked: Bereszynski 21, Vieira 39, Murillo 43, Dalbert 47, Depaoli 76, Lirola 88, Sottil 90+1, Pulgar 90+4
Sent off: Murillo 54 (second yellow).
Added time: 4+4 minutes.