Sampdoria earned their unexpected first victory of the season with two penalties, including one deep into stoppages, in Livorno.
The Amaranto were hoping to build on current form, but Samp had only three draws in this disastrous season. Marco Biagianti was absent for the hosts, while Gaetano Berardi, Bartosz Salamon and Shkodran Mustafi missed out.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli was in the stands. Sampdoria were awarded a penalty when Alfred Duncan hacked down Lorenzo De Silvestri as he was running into the box. Eder stepped up and converted, sending Francesco Bardi the wrong way.
Paulinho’s header from an Andrea Luci free kick skimmed the crossbar, while the Brazilian went down in the box and was quite rightly booked for simulation. Leandro Greco was unlucky, as his fierce strike cracked against the crossbar.
Innocent Emeghara hit a powerful angled drive from seven yards that Junior Da Costa did brilliantly to parry, but Paulinho missed the follow-up from point-blank range.
Eder wasted a golden opportunity to double Sampdoria’s lead on 58 minutes, but incredibly fired wide when one-on-one with Bardi.
Deep into stoppages, Livorno snatched back a point when Luca Siligardi’s powerful effort bent back Da Costa’s hands.
It still wasn’t over, as the referee awarded another Sampdoria penalty for Luci’s foolish trip on Vasco Regini. Nicola Pozzi took the duties and converted despite Bardi getting a leg to it.
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