Sampdoria ended their negative streak with a shock victory away to high-flying Torino.
The Granata were still smarting from a 1-0 defeat to Juventus, which they felt included a denied penalty. Omar El Kaddouri was booked for that incident and suspended here, while Emiliano Moretti, Salvatore Masiello and Marcelo Larrondo were injured. Samp were also upset at two consecutive defeats and the banned players were Angelo Palombo, Andrea Costa and Maxi Lopez. Stefano Okaka received a rare start.
They shared a contentious 2-2 draw in Genoa earlier this season, but Samp’s Serie A record in Turin was just seven wins, 13 draws and 26 defeats.
Sampdoria took the lead after seven minutes when a free kick was not dealt with and a lucky ricochet sent Okaka clear to prod past Daniele Padelli. Replays do not entirely clarify who got the final touch, as if Shkodran Mustafi had it then Okaka would’ve been offside.
Toro reacted with a similar move, but this time Kamil Glik’s finish was deflected inches wide. Okaka almost completed his brace, the flick thumping the crossbar after the Toro offside trap failed on 17 minutes.
Daniele Padelli was equal to a Manolo Gabbiadini strike and Junior Da Costa did well to pluck a Jasmin Kurtic header out from under the bar.
The Granata stepped up the pressure with Da Costa having to flap away a Ciro Immobile long-range effort and using his legs to charge down Alessio Cerci’s attempt after a wonderful first touch to get Alexander Farnerud’s ball over the top under control.
Eder blasted off target, but Da Costa got a fingertip to Cerci’s low cross in order to take it off Immobile’s feet from six yards.
Giampiero Ventura threw on Paulo Vitor Barreto and switched to a 4-3-3 formation. Glik’s header whistled wide from a corner and Michele Fornasier had only been on the pitch for just over a minute when he sprinted back to cut off Barreto’s counter for a corner.
It was Sampdoria who doubled their lead in the final minutes, as Manolo Gabbiadini curled in one of his trademark long range free kicks.
Migjen Basha had the chance to set up a fiery finale, but his header was cushioned straight at the goalkeeper. To make matters worse for Ventura, Torino picked up cards that mean Bovo, Glik and Maksimovic will be suspended against Inter.