Fabio Quagliarella came off the bench to give Sampdoria the 2-1 victory over Fiorentina, after Keita Balde Diao and Dusan Vlahovic goals.
While the Blucerchiati were comfortably mid-table, the Viola wanted to break clear of the danger zone. Lorenzo Tonelli on one side and Sofyan Amrabat on the other sat out bans, with Franck Ribery injured.
Dusan Vlahovic’s first touch let him down on a Christian Kouame through ball, while Mikkel Damsgaard tested Bartlomiej Dragowski from distance.
Samp took the lead when Keita Balde Diao managed to shake off his marker and nod in a Gaston Ramirez corner at the near post from four yards.
Fiorentina’s equaliser was a little chaotic, as Emil Audero managed two sensational saves on Erick Pulgar’s free kick and the Dusan Vlahovic follow-up, but goal-line technology showed the second attempt had crossed over.
The Viola almost turned the game around completely when German Pezzella’s header was palmed onto the upright by Audero.
Keita and Jack Bonaventura were also just off target, but the two Samp substitutes combined when Antonio Candreva pulled back from the right and Fabio Quagliarella didn’t even take a touch, just steering it first-time into the far bottom corner with the inside of the boot.
Fiorentina poured forward in the closing stages and Omar Colley needed a goal-line clearance to keep out Cristiano Biraghi’s strike, set up by Kevin Malcuit.
In stoppages, it was absolute bedlam, as first Sampdoria wasted a huge chance when Lucas Martinez Quarta intercepted the Gaston Ramirez pass for Quagliarella.
Then with the last kick of the game, Milenkovic somehow turned a free header wide on Biraghi’s cross.
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