Lorik Cana earned Lazio a draw in the final seconds to ruin Sinisa Mihajlovic’s debut for 10-man Sampdoria.
Mihajlovic was only drafted in after quitting the Serbia job on Wednesday, though predecessor Delio Rossi had been sacked over a week earlier. He immediately implemented changes, introducing a different in the absence of the suspended Eder. Lazio missed Miroslav Klose and Giuseppe Biava, but Vladimir Petkovic revamped for a 3-4-3 tactic.
Pedro Obiang and Senad Lulic had early efforts off target, but the first half saw a group of pigeons determined to rest on one area of the pitch. They repeatedly flew off when players ran towards them only to then return moments later.
Federico Marchetti smothered a Manolo Gabbiadini long-range strike, then Gabbiadini’s slalom fell to Nicola Pozzi and Abdoullay Konko threw himself at the shot to charge it down from 12 yards. That was a crucial intervention, as Pozzi had a clear sight of goal.
Marchetti got a Gabbiadini free kick under control with some difficulty, but straight after the restart Sampdoria went down to 10 men. Nenad Krsticic had already been booked when he went in studs-first on Cristian Ledesma’s ankle for a straight red card.
Lazio had a great chance to take the lead, but the Konko diving header at the back post on Lulic’s cross was incredibly wide.
On the hour mark they went even closer, as the ball was not cleared effectively and Brayan Perea prodded it on to the base of the upright.
Despite being down to 10 men, Sampdoria took the surprise lead. Marchetti did brilliantly to beat away a Gabbiadini snapshot, but Konko cleared it on to the bar and Roberto Soriano got the final touch.
Lazio dominated possession, but struggled to create any real scoring opportunities until the last kick of the game. Lorik Cana took advantage of a Shkodran Mustafi error to smash a low drive into the near bottom corner and silenced the Marassi crowd.
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Sent off: Krsticic 46 (S)