Verona plunged Sampdoria further into crisis and might’ve doomed Eusebio Di Francesco with a 2-0 victory at the Bentegodi.
Eddie Salcedo received his first Serie A start, as the Genoa and Inter youth product impressed off the bench last week on his debut, having turned 18 this week. Daniel Bessa, Samuel Di Carmine and Emmanuel Badu were still out of action, while Sampdoria missed Gonzalo Maroni, Karol Linetty and Morten Thorsby. Eusebio Di Francesco was increasingly under pressure after losing five of the opening six rounds.
The two sets of fans are twinned, so there was a positive atmosphere at the Bentegodi, with over 1,500 Samp supporters in the stands.
Emil Audero had to sprint out to stop Mariusz Stepinski pouncing on a weak Bartosz Bereszynski back-pass, but Verona took the lead when Miguel Veloso curled in a corner for unmarked Marash Kumbulla’s free header. It was the defender’s maiden Serie A goal, but the corner came from a move that should’ve been halted for an offside position.
Salcedo tested Audero with a cheeky low cross-shot at the near post, then was brought down on the edge of the box by Chabot, as the teenager caused constant problems.
Sofiane Amrabat went on a strong run from midfield to send Stepinski through with a slide-rule pass, but again Audero made a save at the near post.
Audero beat away a Matteo Pessina half-volley that was dipping viciously from distance, but Samp finally got a shot on target on 68 minutes with Marco Silvestri getting down well to get one glove to Gianluca Caprari’s strike.
Silvestri had an even tougher job meeting Fabio Quagliarella’s glancing header at the near post on a Fabio Depaoli cross.
However, just as Samp were starting to create some chances, they went 2-0 down. Nicola Murru should’ve left an in-swinging Miguel Veloso free kick at the near post, but his intervention just ensured Audero could not save it.
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