Sampdoria continued their amazing recovery with a surprise win away to high-flying Chievo.
Both sides have been on stunning form since changing Coaches, as the Flying Donkeys had won three on the bounce while Sinisa Mihajlovic was still unbeaten on the Samp bench. Boukary Drame’ sat out a ban for the hosts and the Blucerchiati were without Andrea Costa.
Chievo had won this fixture only once, 2-1 last season, along with five draws and two defeats. The hosts, playing all in dark blue, almost scored after four minutes when Cyril Thereau ran on to an Alessio Sestu through ball and forced a save at the near post.
Sampdoria took the lead in unexpected circumstances, as the not very tall Eder rose above Nicolas Frey to nod in an Angelo Palombo corner from six yards. It ended a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Chievo.
On the stroke of half-time, Lorenzo De Silvestri ran a very real risk of a second yellow card with his clumsy tackle on Luca Rigoni.
After the restart Rigoni had some penalty appeals when he failed to get his head on the end of a corner during a chaotic scuffle.
Manolo Gabbiadini lost his cool when one-on-one with the goalkeeper, while Birkir Bjarnason’s finish was straight at Christian Puggioni on the counter.
Junior Da Costa got down to block a Lazarevic snapshot and beat away a Perparim Hetemaj blockbuster. In the final minutes Thereau’s volley accidentally turned into an assist for Alberto Paloschi, who turned wide from six yards.
Chievo poured forward to the bitter end, but could not break down the Blucerchiati.