SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 7 - 6 Oct 2013 (14.00 UK)
Sampdoria 2 - 2 Torino
Sansone 41 (S), Immobile 66 (T), Cerci pen 75 (T), Eder pen 93 (S)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

It was a thrilling match at Marassi, as Sampdoria went in front, trailed Torino and then snatched a last-gasp equaliser with a penalty.

With two points from six rounds, this was the worst ever start to a Serie A season for Sampdoria, so Coach Delio Rossi was hanging by a thread. He had to do without the suspended Andrea Costa and Nenad Krsticic with Gaetano Berardi sidelined and Eder only fit for the bench. Toro were also under pressure after losing the Turin Derby and missed the injured Marcelo Larrondo and Guillermo Rodriguez.

In the opening minutes Cesare Bovo sprained his knee very badly and could well have ligament damage, so made way for Giovanni Pasquale.

Gianluca Sansone wasted a good opportunity for the hosts by firing straight at the goalkeeper, but overall Torino dominated possession in the early stages.

Daniele Padelli blocked a Pedro Obiang curler, but Sampdoria broke through when Sansone picked up in the centre-circle, surged forward and drilled low into the far bottom corner past Padelli’s outstretched hand.

Sampdoria thought they had doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time. Angelo Palombo’s free kick was spilled into the path of Nicola Pozzi for a close-range tap-in. However, the referee had blown the whistle for half-time when Padelli parried the ball, so the goal did not count and the Blucerchiati were absolutely furious.

Mustafi went on a strong run down the left, but opted for a shot rather than an assist for Pozzi and allowed Giuseppe Vives to charge it down.

It proved costly, as Torino did get their equaliser moments later. A corner was flicked on for Ciro Immobile to tap in at the back post, his first goal in 10 months.

It was almost 2-1 to the Granata a minute later, as Alessio Cerci dribbled into the area and tried to chip Junior Da Costa, but the goalkeeper got a hand to it.

Emiliano Moretti thumped the crossbar from eight yards, though he was offside on the free kick, then the referee pointed to the spot for Palombo’s trip on Danilo D’Ambrosio. It was a clear penalty and Cerci converted for his sixth goal of the season.

However, deep into stoppages Kamil Glik clattered into Eder for a penalty. The Brazilian got back up and kept his cool to convert low at the near corner despite Padelli guessing the right angle. It was the last kick of a chaotic game at Marassi.


Sampdoria: Da Costa; Gastaldello, Palombo, Mustafi; De Silvestri, Gentsoglu, Obiang, Gavazzi (Wszolek 78); Gabbiadini; Sansone, Pozzi (Eder 74)
Torino: Padelli; Glik, Bovo (Pasquale 6), Moretti; Darmian, Brighi, Vives, El Kaddouri (Meggiorini 54), D’Ambrosio (Maksimovic 87); Immobile, Cerci
Ref: Gervasoni