Fabio Quagliarella bagged a hat-trick as Torino crushed Sampdoria 5-1 and Samuel Eto’o made a late debut.
Eto’o finally signed for the Blucerchiati, but Sinisa Mihajlovic said the ex-Everton man was “not ready” to start in his well-drilled Samp side. Luis Muriel, Fabrizio Cacciatore, Djamel Mesbah, Alessandro De Vitis and Luca Rizzo missed out. Toro were unbeaten in seven and fresh from a shock victory away to Inter, while their only absentee was Maksimovic. It was a special game for Fabio Quagliarella against his former club.
Torino had not beaten Samp here in Serie A since 2007-08, managing only a draw and two defeats.
It was ex-Samp star Quagliarella who broke the deadlock after 16 minutes, as a corner was flicked on and he got in front of his marker for a volley at the far post. He gestured towards the stands, refusing to celebrate against his former fans.
Eder’s free kick was deflected wide, but Toro doubled their advantage from the penalty spot after Matias Silvestre dragged down Kamil Glik. Quagliarella converted, though Emiliano Viviano got his fingertips to it. That in itself was an achievement, as before this Torino had failed to score five consecutive spot-kicks.
Josef Martinez just failed to get the final touch to a Marco Benassi cross, while Viviano performed a crucial one-handed save on Cesare Bovo’s free kick at the base of the near post.
Vasco Regini really should’ve scored for Sampdoria on 53 minutes, but tried to take an extra touch on Lorenzo De Silvestri’s cross and allowed the defence to close him down.
Quagliarella completed his hat-trick, as Marco Benassi won back possession and surged forward to set him up.
Samuel Eto’o made his Sampdoria debut for the final 20 minutes, but his team was already 3-0 down. It became 4-0 with substitute Amauri making the most of a disastrous defensive error from Silvestre, who got the ball caught under his feet when trying to clear a Bruno Peres cross.
Samp did get one back with a spectacular goal, as Pedro Obiang performed a back-heel flick from six yards.
Benassi skimmed the upright on an Omar El Kaddouri counter and Bruno Peres completed the rout with a delightful individual goal, skipping past his marker to flick the finish over Viviano.
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