Crotone dragged themselves up the table with a surprise 4-1 thrashing of Sampdoria, including a comical own goal.
The Calabrese club had been dumped down to penultimate place by Verona’s derby win last night, so the pressure was on to get a result. Walter Zenga was coming off two consecutive defeats and had numerous injury problems, missing Ante Budimir, Stefan Simic, Marcus Rohden, Mariano Izco and Marco Tumminello. Samp had to do without Bartosz Bereszynski, but Dennis Praet and Gaston Ramirez returned from the start.
The Blucerchiati had never won at the Stadio Scida, managing a 1-0 defeat and three 1-1 draws between Serie A and B.
It took just six minutes to break through, as a Federico Ricci corner was knocked down for the totally unmarked Marcello Trotta to hit a scorching finish from 12 yards.
It was one-way traffic in Calabria and Andrea Nalini ran on to a goal kick, nudged over by Jacopo Sala for a penalty. Emiliano Viviano saved his fourth consecutive spot-kick, denying Trotta, but Adrian Stoian was ready to turn in the rebound.
Samp tried to shake things up by introducing Duvan Zapata, but Crotone added a third after it was initially ruled offside. VAR showed that Trotta was being kept in play as he met the rebound from a Viviano save on Ahmad Benali.
After the restart, Nalini curled past the far top corner from practically the by-line, Rolando Mandragora skimmed the woodwork and Alex Cordaz kept the clean sheet intact with his gloves stung by Fabio Quagliarella at the near post.
Samp did get one back, as Duvan Zapata chested down a Nicola Murru assist and smashed his left-foot finish in from 10 yards.
However, they gifted Crotone a fourth with some comical defending. Simy sprung the offside trap in midfield and his angled drive came off the post, but a ludicrous attempt to clear from Matias Silvestre instead hit Viviano and ricocheted into the net.
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Saved pen: Trotta 23 (C)