Sampdoria fought back from an early Brescia goal to emerge with a thumping 5-1 victory, including Fabio Quagliarella’s first home goals in eight months.
This was a six-pointer between two teams hovering just above the relegation zone. Samp had half their defence missing, as Omar Colley was suspended with Alex Ferrari and Edgar Barreto injured, while the Rondinelle saw both Sandro Tonali and Andrea Cistana sit out bans.
Jakub Jankto ballooned over with a volley, when he should’ve taken his time to aim, and Brescia took the lead from a set play.
Ernesto Torregrossa soared above the crowd to knock down a corner for the header of Jhon Chancellor from close range.
Jankto again failed to make the most of a promising opportunity, this time his curler skimming the upright from the edge of the box, then there was a mad scramble in the area, finished by a desperate Sabelli clearance.
Fabio Quagliarella blasted straight at Jesse Joronen from 10 yards, then had one of his trademark overhead kicks fly wide, but the pressure had been growing.
Samp got back on level terms when a poor Ales Mateju clearance fell to Karol Linetty on the edge of the area, for his smart chest and volley.
The tension grew towards half-time with a series of yellow cards, but Sampdoria completed the turnaround in first half stoppages.
It was a not dissimilar move to the first goal, Linetty’s cross beating Mateju for Jankto’s volley at the far post from 10 yards.
Brescia thought they’d equalised on 57 minutes with Mario Balotelli, but Torregrossa had already wandered offside in the build-up.
Viviani’s curler was not far wide from a Balotelli assist, but Sampdoria were awarded a harsh penalty when Morten Thorsby seemed to kick the ball on to Massimiliano Mangraviti’s hand from point-blank range. There didn’t seem to be much he could do, nor was his arm raised. Nonetheless, Quagliarella converted with power and confidence into the near top corner, his first goal at Marassi for eight months.
Quagliarella nearly added another with an acrobatic right-foot volley that flashed not far over.
Gianluca Caprari came off the bench and immediately scored within 60 seconds. His strike was parried by Joronen, but then he got on the end of the Jankto cross back in with a diving header from six yards.
There was still time for Quagliarella to complete a brace with one of his classic finishes. He ran on to a long ball, held off Mangraviti and spotted Joronen off his line, placing a perfect lob into the net.
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