Fabio Quagliarella equalled the all-time record by scoring in 11 consecutive Serie A games, then provided an assist for Manolo Gabbiadini in a 4-0 demolition of Udinese.
The Blucerchiati had Gaston Ramirez suspended, with Gianluca Caprari, Jacopo Sala and Paulo Barreto injured, so Riccardo Saponara got a rare start. It was all about Quagliarella, though, as he was aiming to match Gabriel Batistuta’s all-time record of scoring in 11 consecutive Serie A games, just days before his 36th birthday. As for Udinese, they missed Lukasz Teodorczyk, Emmanuel Badu, Antonin Barak and Samir.
Seko Fofana hit a daisy-cutter inches wide, but when Gregoire Defrel snuck up behind Valon Behrami inside the box, he was tripped for a penalty. There was only ever going to be one man taking it and Quagliarella coolly dispatched the spot-kick to make history. He had equalled Batistuta’s record of finding the net in 11 consecutive Serie A games, set in 1994 for Fiorentina.
He could’ve had another moments later, the angled drive drawing a tough save out of Juan Musso, then the goalkeeper got down for a one-handed parry of Bartosz Bereszynski’s cross-shot at the near post.
Udinese lost Behrami to injury before half-time, although he did not seem happy with the decision to make the change so close to the break.
Omar Colley should’ve doubled Samp’s lead in stoppages, but turned a free header over from a corner.
Sampdoria received another penalty when Nicola Murru’s shot was charged down by a flailing Opoku arm. Quagliarella naturally took on the spot-kick duties again and this time smashed it into the roof of the net. It was his 14th goal in the last 11 Serie A games.
Quagliarella was involved in the build-up for the third, a lovely one-touch routine with Saponara threading through for Karol Linetty to fire in at the near post.
Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench and scored with his first touch, as Saponara spread the play down the left for Quagliarella, who whipped in a cross that the ex-Southampton striker only had to tap in.
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