SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 1 Aug 2020 (17.00 UK)
Brescia 1 - 1 Sampdoria
Leris 41 (S), Torregrossa pen 49 (B)
Stadio Mario Rigamonti

Brescia saw out the season with a point against Sampdoria in Daniele Gastaldello’s final match, as Fabio Quagliarella missed a penalty, while the hosts hit the woodwork twice.

The Rondinelle bowed out of Serie A and said goodbye to players for different reasons, as Sandro Tonali is moving on to bigger things, while Daniele Gastaldello is retiring. Andrea Papetti sat out a ban, with Birkir Bjarnason, Jhon Chancellor, Simon Skrabb, Jesse Joronen, Andrea Cistana and Dimitri Bisoli injured. Samp had Bartosz Bereszynski suspended, Albin Ekdal on the treatment table and Fabio Quagliarella made his 200th official appearance in a Blucerchiati jersey.

Manolo Gabbiadini controlled a great long ball, only to be denied by Andrenacci’s fingertips, then Gonzalo Maroni’s chest and volley was over the bar.

Lorenzo Tonelli lasted only 19 minutes before limping off with a knee problem, making way for Omar Colley.

Samp had an intelligent free kick routine to set up Ronaldo Vieira’s shot, deflected wide by Gastaldello’s arm for an inevitable penalty. However, Quagliarella stepped up and missed the target entirely with his spot-kick.

Wladimiro Falcone had his palms stung by an Ernesto Torregrossa strike on the turn and did even better to fingertip Jaromir Zmrhal’s daisy-cutter on to the base of the upright, then was alert on Nicolas Spalek at the back post.

However, Samp took the lead somewhat against the run of play when Mehdi Leris hit a hopeful effort and it took a massive deflection off Gastaldello to completely wrong-foot the goalkeeper. Considering it’s his final game before retirement, it wasn’t going well for Gastaldello, who gave away a penalty and scored an own goal.

Zmrhal went close again, a touched-on free kick deflected just wide off the wall.

Straight after the restart, Florian Aye ran on to a through ball and was too quick for Falcone, who blatantly brought him down. Torregrossa sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to convert the penalty and draw Brescia level.

It remained an open game, Andrenacci using his legs to parry an impressive Omar Colley volley from a corner.

There was an emotional moment when Gastaldello left the pitch for the last time, stopping to hug all his teammates, several opponents from his old club and even the referee.

Torregrossa thought he’d doubled his lead with a header on the Emanuele Ndoj cross, but was caught in an offside position on 70 minutes.

Brescia were unlucky to hit the frame of the goal for the second time, both with Zmrhal, as his header into the ground looped up to bounce off the crossbar.

Donnarumma had only just come on when he almost immediately limped off again with a muscular problem.

Samp had a great chance to win it in the final minute with a free kick floated to the far post, but Colley got there before teammate Morten Thorsby and took it off his foot.

The Blucerchiati ended the game with 10 men, as Kristoffer Askildsen was already on a yellow card when he brought down Stefano Sabelli on the counter-attack.

Quagliarella had the ball in the net after gathering a Yoshida ball over the top, but was offside.

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Brescia: Andrenacci; Sabelli, Gastaldello (Semprini 59), Mateju, Mangraviti; Spalek (Ndoj 59), Tonali, Dessena, Zmrhal; Aye (A Donnarumma 68) (Viviani 78), Torregrossa
Sampdoria: Falcone; Depaoli, Tonelli (Colley 19), Yoshida, Augello; Leris (Linetty 68), Vieira (Thorsby 72), Bertolacci (Askildsen 72), Maroni (Jankto 68); Quagliarella, Gabbiadini
Ref: Fabbri

Missed penalty: Quagliarella 27 (S)

Sent off: Askildsen 91 (S)