Serie A Week 21 - 21 Jan 2018 (14.00 UK)
Sampdoria 3 - 1 Fiorentina
Quagliarella 30, 60, 68 (S), Sanchez 80 (F)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Fabio Quagliarella bagged a hat-trick as Sampdoria swept sorry Fiorentina aside at Marassi, ending their positive streak.

This was a head-to-head for potential European ambitions and they had already faced off on December 13, the Viola winning 3-2 in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio Franchi. Jacopo Sala sat out a ban, but Dawid Kownacki was given his first Serie A start. Fiorentina were missing Cyril Thereau, Simone Lo Faso and the suspended duo Jordan Veretout and Davide Astori.

The last time Samp lost to the Tuscans in Serie A was in November 2015, a run of three draws and one victory, home and away.

Giovanni Simeone tested Emiliano Viviano in the opening 90 seconds, then his glancing header flashed wide, while Marco Sportiello required a stunning save from point-blank range on Kownacki.

Samp took the lead when German Pezzella, who had just returned to the field after a knock, made a fresh-air clearance on Dennis Praet’s assist, allowing Fabio Quagliarella to drill home the angled drive.

Khouma Babacar was given a rare start and almost found the back of the net moments later, but scuffed over from 12 yards. Matias Silvestre had a similarly wasteful finish at the other end, but Samp can always count on their veteran hitman Quagliagol.

Quagliarella gathered a Gaston Ramirez through ball and smashed it into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

It was a Quagliarella hat-trick, left relatively unmarked to blast in after a splendid Ramirez back-heel flick, but the Fiorentina defence was completely static.

The Viola did get a consolation goal, as Riccardo Saponara knocked on a Cristiano Biraghi corner for Carlos Sanchez’s header from close range.

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Sampdoria: Viviano; Bereszynski, Silvestre, Ferrari, Strinic; Linetty, Torreira, Praet; Ramirez (Barreto 84); Quagliarella (Caprari 75), Kownacki (Duvan Zapata 58)
Fiorentina: Sportiello; Laurini, Pezzella, Vitor Hugo, Biraghi; Badelj, Benassi (Saponara 65); Chiesa, Babacar (Gil Dias 66), Eysseric (Sanchez 71); Simeone
Ref: Pasqua