Duvan Zapata scored 20 seconds into his Sampdoria debut, but Torino came back for a four-goal thriller.
Both sides were unbeaten so far this season, even if the Blucerchiati had their home game with Roma cancelled by a weather warning. Toro missed Joel Obi and Afriyie Acquah against Sinisa Mihajlovic’s former club.
It was an astonishing start to the match, as within 20 seconds Emiliano Moretti completely missed a Gaston Ramirez cross, allowing Duvan Zapata to fire in from six yards. It was a shocking fresh-air clearance from Moretti.
Torino were in a state of panic, allowing several more chances with poor defending, but finally settled and got back on track with a missile from 25 metres into the far top corner courtesy of Daniele Baselli.
Moments later, the game had been turned around completely, Samp caught in possession and Adem Ljajic threading through for Andrea Belotti’s powerful and accurate angled drive, in off the inside of the far post.
Toro should’ve gone 3-1 up when Belotti on the counter pulled back for Iago Falque, but he completely missed the ball when undisturbed on the penalty spot.
The Granata were made to pay for that, as the move continued and Samp equalised, Ivan Strinic’s cross finding Fabio Quagliarella for a side-foot volley at the back post.
It remained wide open, Belotti drilling wide and Duvan Zapata’s diving header off target, while M’Baye Niang clipped the outside of the upright.
A long Ljajic free kick found Belotti at the back post, but it bobbled on the turf and he ballooned over. Simone Edera came off the bench and immediately his strike was deflected just wide, while Quagliarella tested Sirigu from a huge distance, the former PSG goalkeeper sticking up a strong wrist to parry.