SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 1 - 19 Sep 2018 (18.00 UK)
Sampdoria 1 - 1 Fiorentina
Simeone 13 (F), Caprari 60 (S)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Gianluca Caprari’s free kick cancelled out an early Giovanni Simeone header, as Sampdoria and Fiorentina shared the points in this rescheduled game.

This Week 1 fixture was originally scheduled for August, but like Milan-Genoa, was called off in the wake of the Ponte Morandi disaster, the bridge collapse leading to the deaths of 42 people.

Both sides were in good shape after three rounds and cultivating European ambitions. Despite carrying a knock, Gianluca Caprari was able to play and Riccardo Saponara was injured against his old club. Marko Pjaca got his first start in a Fiorentina jersey.

Fiorentina almost broke through within 70 seconds, Giovanni Simeone nodding over from point-blank range. Moments later, Caprari harassed goalkeeper Dragowski into losing possession, but couldn’t keep it on target, while Simeone didn’t make the most of a poor Andersen back-pass.

The deadlock was broken after 13 minutes when Cristiano Biraghi floated in a cross for Simeone’s precise header from six yards.

Gregoire Defrel’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal and Pjaca thought he’d opened his Viola duck when found by Federico Chiesa unmarked from 12 yards, but Emil Audero stuck up a hand for a decisive reaction save.

Caprari was unlucky not to equalise on the stroke of half-time, his free kick bouncing off the crossbar. He tried again after the restart, this time Dragowski palming it over the top.

Caprari inevitably did get the goal with a right-foot curler, although it was from open play from the edge of the box into the far top corner.

Kevin Mirallas made his Serie A debut for Fiorentina, Gaston Ramirez came off the bench to skim the woodwork and Nikola Milenkovic’s header was smothered.

Mirallas almost scored in the final minutes, his daisy-cutter shaving a coat of paint off the near post. Fiorentina came closest to victory with Milenkovic’s scorcher stinging the gloves of Emil Audero.

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Sampdoria: Audero; Sala, Andersen, Tonelli, Murru; Barreto, Ekdal, Linetty (Praet 55); Caprari (Ramirez 69); Quagliarella (Kownacki 82), Defrel
Fiorentina: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Vitor Hugo, Pezzella, Biraghi; Edimilson, Veretout, Gerson (Benassi 70); Pjaca (Mirallas 61), Simeone, Chiesa (Sottil 82)
Ref: Maresca