Gaston Ramirez and Fabio Quagliarella both scored from Duvan Zapata assists, as Sampdoria plunged rivals Genoa into crisis with a 2-0 result.
The Derby della Lanterna found each side of the city in very different moods, as the Blucerchiati were pushing for a European spot despite having a game in hand and the Grifone were on the verge of firing Coach Ivan Juric after sliding into the bottom three. Nicolas Spolli and Isaac Cofie missed out for the Rossoblu, who had won just one of the last seven derbies, 3-0 in May 2016, losing five and drawing one.
The Grifone had one point from the previous five ‘home’ editions of this fixture, since May 2011.
It was an aggressive start from Genoa, but Gianluca Lapadula opted for an acrobatic volley on Adel Taarabt’s chipped pass when he should’ve just controlled and taken aim from 12 yards.
Samp had penalty appeals waved away when a Gian Marco Ferrari header hit Diego Laxalt on the arm, but he seemed to be trying to take the arm away from the flight of the ball.
It was the Blucerchiati who took the lead when Gaston Ramirez ran on to a Duvan Zapata knock-on, showed great strength to hold off Ervin Zukanovic and dinked it over the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Aleandro Rosi’s first touch on a Laxalt cross was poor, but on the second he thumped the crossbar from 10 yards relatively undisturbed.
Izzo’s volley from a set play was charged down by Matias Silvestre, then Ferrari made a decisive last-ditch tackle on Taarabt after Karol Linetty was caught in possession.
Lapadula ran on to a Taarabt through ball and fell under pressure from Silvestre, but there was no foul. On the stroke of half-time, Mattia Perin made a fine save on Linetty, but play had been halted for a foul.
It should’ve been 2-0 on 56 minutes when Luca Rossettini gifted it to Quagliarella, but Perin rushed out and did enough to narrow the angle, so the finish hit the side-netting of an empty goal.
Moments later, at the other end Luca Rigoni’s header was inches over the bar from a Miguel Veloso cross, while Edgar Barreto’s finish set up by Quagliarella was straight at Perin.
Lapadula wasted several promising opportunities, as he was too hasty, while Laxalt’s strike was charged down and Samp substitute Ricky Alvarez drilled wide of the near post.
Just as Genoa were pouring forward, they were caught out for Sampdoria’s second. Duvan Zapata ran on to a Torreira through ball down the right, drew out Perin and rolled it back for the unmarked Quagliarella to fire into an empty net. It was the veteran’s first goal in the Derby della Lanterna, but also Sampdoria’s 100th derby goal in the league.
It still wasn’t over, as Emiliano Viviano flew to beat away the Miguel Veloso screamer from the top corner and smothered a Zukanovic header.