Chievo snatched victory on new Coach Eugenio Corini’s debut thanks to a late howler from Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
This week the Flying Donkeys fired Domenico Di Carlo after five consecutive defeats and brought in former midfielder Corini for his first Serie A management job. He was without Sergio Pellissier following surgery to remove kidney stones, Marco Rigoni, Luciano and Alberto Paloschi, so introduced Adrian Stoian in attack. Samp welcomed back Maxi Lopez and Enzo Maresca from bans, but missed Nicola Pozzi, Eder, Andrea Poli, Juan Antonio and the suspended Daniele Gastaldello.
Cyril Thereau went clear through a gap in the Samp defence, but toe-poked it straight at Sergio Romero with a horribly weak finish.
At the other end, Marcelo Estigarribia’s screamer clipped the top of the crossbar from midfield with Stefano Sorrentino rooted to the spot. A dangerous David Di Michele free kick was whipped across the face of goal just inches from Bostjan Cesar’s forehead.
Di Michele’s snapshot was smothered, but Chievo lost Gennaro Sardo to a suspected thigh strain. Another Cesar header from a set play also whistled wide.
Chievo had more of the possession without being particularly dangerous, but in first half stoppages they scored with a classic counter-attack.
Thereau burst forward through the middle and carved the Samp defence apart with a give-and-go before drawing out Romero only to side-foot it past the goalkeeper.
Another very sharp Chievo counter-attack developed down the left with Stoian pulling across for the unmarked Di Michele on the right, but Romero made himself big to parry at the near post.
Sampdoria were completely ineffective in attack, but got a goal out of nowhere with a moment of magic from Maresca. The former Liga midfielder curled a classic free kick over the wall and into the near top corner. However, Luca Rigoni was standing at the post, but didn’t jump and if anything got in the way of goalkeeper Sorrentino.
Bojan Jokic unleashed a screamer that Romero struggled to beat away with a reaction save, but Argentina’s number one choice goalkeeper faltered badly in the final minutes to gift Chievo a winner.
Di Michele fired a very long-range effort that seemed to be simple enough, but Romero fumbled it and allowed the ball to fly in under the crossbar. Samp were furious, as they felt Chievo should’ve put the ball out of play with Pedro Obiang down injured.