Newly-promoted Sampdoria earned a creditable 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in last night’s friendly.
Ciro Ferrara’s men had taken the lead in Austria with new buys Marcelo Estigarribia and Maxi Lopez completing the trident with Eder.
After just 10 minutes a powerful Andrea Costa header transformed the Nenad Krsticic corner to put the Blucerchiati in front.
Schalke were given a way back in from the spot, as ex-Milan flop Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both earned and converted a penalty.
Sampdoria 1-1 Schalke
Scorers: Costa 10 (Sa), Huntelaar pen 18 (Sc)
Sampdoria: Romero; De Silvestri (Renan71), Gastaldello, Costa, Castellini, Munari (Mustafi 71), Krsticic; Poli (Icardi46), Estigarribia, Maxi Lopez (Pozzi 71), Eder (Soriano46)
Schalke: Unnerstall; Uchida, Matip, Howedes (Barnetta 46), Fuchs; Jones (Marica 65), Holtby; Farfan (Hoger52), Pukki (Neustader 65), Draksler (Papadopoulos46); Huntelaar