SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 16 - 16 Dec 2018 (14.00 UK)
Sampdoria 2 - 0 Parma
Caprari 66 (S), Quagliarella 69 (S)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Fabio Quagliarella was on target for an historic sixth Serie A game in a row, as Sampdoria pushed past Parma with a second half siege.

Jacopo Sala stepped in for suspended Bartosz Bereszynski, with Gianluca Caprari given the nod rather than Gregoire Defrel. Parma made the trip to Marassi without Gervinho, Alberto Grassi and Federico Dimarco. The Blucerchiati were fresh from an astonishing 2-2 draw away to Lazio, in which Riccardo Saponara scored an equaliser at the 99th minute. Defending was an issue, as in the last six Serie A games, Samp had both scored and conceded for a total of 26 goals.

These fanbases are twinned, so Samp had a banner for Parma: ‘This is where you belong. Welcome back to Serie A.’

Rigoni’s free header from a Parma corner flashed wide of the far post, while Fabio Quagliarella failed to get the decisive touch as he slid in to meet a Jacopo Sala cross.

Quagliarella stung Luigi Sepe’s gloves from distance and Nicola Murru made a decisive block on Luca Siligardi as he pulled the trigger from eight yards.

There were Samp penalty appeals for a Rigoni handling offence, but the VAR verdict was that it ricocheted off his foot and on to his hand, so could not be considered voluntary.

Sepe was called into action straight after the restart by Karol Linetty, who met Gianluca Caprari’s cross at the near post. There was a goalmouth scramble, them Linetty blasted over, as Samp laid siege to the Parma goal.

It finally paid off, as Sala sent Dennis Praet down the right and he pulled back from the by-line for Caprari to pounce at the near post, anticipating defenders and goalkeeper.

The Blucerchiati had no intention of slowing down and added a second with Quagliarella. The veteran peeled off his marker at the back stick and steered Praet’s cross back into the net, the first time in his entire career that Quagliarella has scored in six consecutive Serie A matches during a single season.

Amato Ciciretti had a promising chance charged down in the box late on, but Sampdoria’s second half push ultimately proved enough to undo Parma.

Saponara came off the bench and immediately launched into a slalom through Parma jerseys, the curling finish denied only by a fingertip Sepe save.

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Sampdoria: Audero; Sala, Tonelli, Andersen, Murru; Praet, Ekdal, Linetty; Ramirez (Saponara 82); Caprari (Defrel 69), Quagliarella (Kownacki 89)
Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Bastoni, Gagliolo (Ciciretti 76); Rigoni, Scozzarella (Stulac 82), BarillĂ ; Biabiany, Inglese, Siligardi (Ceravolo 68)
Ref: Pairetto