Hellas Verona beat Sampdoria in an all-Serie A friendly today thanks to a late Mattia Zaccagni strike.
The season formally begins on the weekend of August 20 and Verona are back in the top flight after one year in the wilderness.
These two will meet in the Serie A campaign, but this evening went head-to-head in Trento.
Gianluca Caprari and Dennis Praet had early chances, while Alessio Cerci drilled just wide, but Praet was unlucky to see his angled drive come off the upright.
Verona seemed to keep their shape more in the second half and, after Andrea Tozzo’s save on Enrico Bearzotti, Zaccagni pounced on a Lorenco Simic error to smash in the winning goal.
Sampdoria 0-1 Verona
Zaccagni 85 (V)
Sampdoria: Puggioni (Tozzo 46); Sala (Bereszynski 61), Silvestre (Simic 61), Regini (Leverbe 82), Pavlovic (Murru 61); Barreto (Linetty 61), Torreira (Capezzi 61), Verre (Djuricic 46), Praet (Alvarez 61); Caprari (Bonazzoli 61), Quagliarella (Kownacki 61)
Verona: Nicolas; Bearzotti, Kumbulla, Souprayen, Fares; B Zuculini, Buchel (Zaccagni 62), Bessa; Cerci (Luppi 72), Pazzini (Fossati 78), Verde (Laner 88)
Image via Sampdoria.it
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