Eder bagged a brace in Sampdoria’s 3-0 victory over nine-man Udinese in a game with three red cards.
The Blucerchiati hadn’t lost a single game since Sinisa Mihajlovic took over from Delio Rossi, but were now coming off two consecutive defeats between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. On the other hand, Udinese were buoyed by a shock midweek Coppa victory to eliminate Inter.
Pedro Obiang was suspended for the hosts and Zeljko Brkic out with a sore neck, but Eder was available again after injury and started with 21-year-old Polish talent Pawel Wszolek. Luis Muriel missed out for the Friulani and Francesco Guidolin was in the stands due to a touchline ban.
Samp had the more aggressive start and after 15 minutes Eder burst into the box, knocked down by a clumsy sliding tackle from goalkeeper Ivan Kelava. The Brazilian got back up to convert the penalty with a low finish into the near bottom corner past Kelava’s fingertips.
Roberto Soriano’s glancing header from an Andrea Costa cross whistled inches past the far post, but Eder continued to cause all sorts of problems.
Allan twice clipped Eder’s heels to stop counter-attacks and received two yellow cards, leaving Udinese with 10 men for almost an hour at Marassi.
Soriano surged forward only for his shot to be charged down in the penalty area, as the Friulani tried to stay in the game.
Within seconds of the restart, Eder had his name on the scoresheet again to double Sampdoria’s advantage. He sprung the offside trap on Manolo Gabbiadini’s backheel flick, which turned a wayward shot into an assist for the Brazilian. However, replays suggest Eder was offside thanks to the Gabbiadini touch.
Lorenzo De Silvestri couldn’t believe he failed to net on 55 minutes, as his two shots were cleared off the line by Gabriel Silva in quick succession.
Sampdoria also went down to 10 men, as Soriano mistimed his tackle on Maurizio Domizzi to kick his shin for a second bookable offence.
The parity did not last long, as Udinese were left with only nine players on the pitch. Gabriel Silva was perhaps harshly given a second yellow card for jumping with his elbow up on De Silvestri.
Eder went for a hat-trick with a spectacular curler that was just over the bar and Gabbiadini came sliding in, unable to connect with Renan’s wayward shot by a matter of inches.
Daniele Gastaldello got his first goal in over a year to complete the rout, rising for the most glancing of headers to redirect a free kick into the far top corner.
Sent off: Allan 35 (U), Soriano 61 (S), Gabriel Silva 69 (U)