Substitute Duvan Zapata snatched a winner in stoppages to give Sampdoria a last-gasp victory over Bologna.
The Blucerchiati’s Europa League qualification hopes may well still be alive. Vasilis Torosidis and Godfred Donsah didn’t make the trip, but Bartosz Bereszynski returned from suspension to bolster the Samp defence.
Bologna were without a top flight victory away to Samp since a 3-2 thriller in March 1998, followed by three draws and seven defeats.
Gianluca Caprari’s right-foot curler skimmed the woodwork and Fabio Quagliarella went on a fantastic solo run, surging past everyone including the goalkeeper, but his finish from a tight angle was deflected by a desperate defensive block.
Dawid Kownacki turned just wide and Caprari blasted inches over from a Duvan Zapata assist. On 68 minutes, Emiliano Viviano got away with a howler, as he fumbled a Blerim Dzemaili cross and scrambled it off the line.
Rodrigo Palacio came off the bench to sting Viviano’s gloves, as did Dzemaili, but in the final minutes Duvan Zapata saw his curler clip the upright.
Deep into stoppages, Duvan Zapata showed a real poacher’s instinct to get the winning goal, toe-poking a loose ball from a free kick just enough to steer it into the far bottom corner.
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