Bologna incredibly swept Sampdoria aside 3-0, even when down to 10 men for the entire second half, for the Blucerchiati’s third loss of the season.
Both sides won 3-2 last week, the Rossoblu ending their run of four consecutive defeats and Samp surprising Scudetto holders Juventus. Federico Di Francesco and Cesar Falletti were out of action with Giancarlo Gonzalez pulling out in the warm-up to make way for Domenico Maietta. It was a return to his first Serie A club for Gaston Ramirez, who played here from 2010-12.
The last time Samp conquered the Dall’Ara was a 3-2 Coppa Italia thriller in August 2006, followed by four draws and three losses. Their most recent Serie A victory here was 1-0 in November 2003.
It took all of two minutes to break the deadlock, as Emiliano Viviano only parried a Mattia Destro snapshot into the path of Simone Verdi.
Godfred Donsah also drilled just wide, but Sampdoria lost Ivan Strinic to injury, bringing on Nicola Murru. Gaston Ramirez hesitated after springing the offside trap, allowing Vasilis Torosidis to charge down the shot, and a scorching Erick Pulgar volley was too close to Viviano.
Rodrigo Palacio’s wayward cross was still put out for a corner and that proved costly, as Verdi whipped it in towards the near post, finding Ibrahima Mbaye’s powerful header.
The tempo dropped a little and Samp had a chance to pull one back just before half-time, Ramirez pouncing on a defensive error to sting Antonio Mirante’s gloves at the near stick. Fabio Quagliarella then pulled back for Ramirez, but Destro was back defending to block from 12 yards. Duvan Zapata lost his balance and couldn’t make the most of an inspired Lucas Torreira ball over the top.
Vasilis Torosidis received two yellow cards to see red in first half stoppages, but the second was rather harsh, as he was watching the ball and seemed to accidentally trip up Duvan Zapata on the edge of the box.
As expected, Sampdoria started the second half very aggressively and pinned Bologna back with a series of corners. Bereszynski saw a cross taken off Duvan Zapata’s head by Maietta and then dribbled to the by-line to test Mirante.
Silvestre parried a Matias Silvestre header from point-blank range, but just as Samp stepped up the siege, Bologna added a third on the counter-attack.
Substitute Orji Okwonkwo fired in from 12 yards, but most of the credit goes to Godfred Donsah, who ran from his own half, rode a tackle and rolled the ball across for the assist.
Samp should’ve got one back moments later, but Valerio Verre’s strike cannoned off the upright and the follow-up from Gianluca Caprari was palmed over the bar by Mirante.
The Bologna goalkeeper risked a howler on a viciously dipping Torreira effort, but kept a clean sheet for only Sampdoria’s third defeat of the season after Udinese and Inter.
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Sent off: Torosidis 45+2 (B)