Sampdoria humiliated Hellas Verona 5-0 at Marassi with Roberto Soriano bagging a brace.
These two teams were comfortably mid-table and with very little chance of going for Europe, so they had only pride to play for. Nenad Krsticic, Alessio Sestu and Rodriguez missed out, while Juanito Gomez Taleb was sidelined for the visitors.
It took just four minutes to break the deadlock, as Renan’s snapshot smacked against the base of the far post and Gianluca Sansone was quickest to react on the rebound. It wasn’t a surprise to see such a strong start, as Sinisa Mihajlovic vented his fury in recent weeks for their recent poor first half performances.
Luca Toni wasted a golden opportunity to draw Hellas level, as he pounced on a defensive error only to force Junior Da Costa into a reaction save with his foot from six yards. Moments later Romulo dribbled between three Blucerchiati jerseys and his finish skimmed the woodwork.
Rafael had to work too, parrying a powerful Sansone attempt, and Sampdoria proved more clinical and fortunate with their second goal.
A Manolo Gabbiadini corner took a deflection off the referee and Renan was quick to readjust, placing his daisy-cutter into the near bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Verona played well enough, but didn’t take their chances whereas the hosts did. Vasco Regini ran to the by-line and pulled back for Roberto Soriano to fire in at the back stick after Vangelis Moras failed to cut it out.
Straight after the restart it was 4-0 to Sampdoria, as Soriano cut in from the right and took advantage of a Moras slip to blast a powerful angled drive across Rafael.
Angelo Palombo added to Verona’s misery with a fifth, as his free kick squirmed past Rafael at the far post when the goalkeeper really should’ve been able to keep it out.
Da Costa prevented Verona getting one back with his fine save on Michael Rabusic and beat away a Toni attempt that Emil Hallfredsson failed to redirect into the net.
Verona did not give up and Da Costa flew to beat away a Daniele Cacia header at the base of the near stick.