Valerio Verre lobbed the winner off the bench as Sampdoria picked up their first points in a 2-1 win against Fiorentina on Friday.
Fiorentina started the match dominating possession but lacked the little extra to cut through, and when they did, Kouame wasted a massive opportunity.
Dusan Vlahovic tested Audero from long range, but it was Sampdoria who came closest when Gaetano Castrovilli kneed the ball off the bar at the wrong end of the pitch.
Five minutes before full time, Federico Ceccherini pulled down Fabio Quagliarella in the box and the veteran made no mistakes from the penalty spot and gave Sampdoria the lead at half-time.
In the second half, both sides came close in a game lacking intensity, but it was Vlahovic who found the back of the net. Milenkovic’s attempt was deflected and found its way to the Serbian’s feet six yards from the line.
Morten Thorsby thought he had scored the winner after 76 minutes, but Lorenzo Tonelli’s handball in the build-up play called for the referee to look at the screen and disallow the goal.
When Fiorentina pushed for a late winner, it was at the other end it happened for Sampdoria, as goalkeeper Emil Audero found Verre with a ball over the top.
The former Hellas Verona player did everything right, a perfect touch and a naughty chip sent the Blucerchiati in the lead.
The Viola, who lost Castrovilli to an injury in the second half, struggled to find the way through the Sampdoria defence all day and wasted the chances when they arose.
Federico Chiesa was close at the end, when the last finish of the match went off the post and the three points travel with Sampdoria back to Genoa.
Quagliarella scored in his eighth game against the Viola wearing the Blucerchiati shirt, as both teams have now scored in 10 consecutive meetings and Claudio Ranieri can celebrate the first three points in Serie A 2020-21.
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