Hellas Verona remain in the top spots of Serie A with a perfect home record after beating Sampdoria 2-0.
This was an intriguing midweek clash, as Verona defended a 100 per cent home record, while Samp were coming off two consecutive victories. Evangelos Moras started his two-match ban for a scuffle with Inter’s Ishak Belfodil, while Samp missed Gianluca Sansone, Bartosz Salamon and Andrea Petagna.
These teams hadn’t met here in Serie A since a 1-1 draw in 1996-97.
Junior Da Costa flew early on to deny an Emil Hallfredsson snapshot, while Manolo Gabbiadini’s angled drive flashed all the way across the face of goal to skim the back post and Eder drilled inches past the near top corner.
Verona took the lead straight after the restart. Juanito Gomez Taleb exchanged passes with Luca Toni and smashed a powerful finish from 12 yards.
Moments later it was almost 2-0, as Da Costa’s clearance struck Gomez and ricocheted just over the bar.
Toni had a goal ruled offside, while Da Costa denied Raphael Martinho’s left-foot shot. Verona did double their lead when Daniele Gastaldello’s poor defensive header allowed Toni to fire in an angled drive, even though he scuffed his first attempt.