Sampdoria stalled again, held by mid-table Verona after going down to 10 men at Marassi.
The Blucerchiati were still in fifth place despite a disappointing series of results, including Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Napoli. The season was over for Eder, while Fabrizio Cacciatore also missed out, but Samuel Eto’o and Roberto Soriano were rested. Verona earned an extraordinary 3-2 win over Sassuolo at the weekend with 10 men for 70 minutes. Goalkeeper Rafael was suspended along with injured Artur Ionita, Emil Hallfredsson, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Bosko Jankovic, as Hellas moved to 3-5-2.
Stefano Okaka tried to bundle the ball over the line from point-blank range when Gollini only parried a Luis Muriel effort, but Frederik Sorensen used himself as a human shield to prevent the goal.
Moments later Muriel’s angled drive skimmed the base of the far post. Okaka also nodded off target, but Afriyie Acquah got himself sent off for a foolish second bookable offence – sticking out an arm to stop the ball.
Despite being down to 10 men, Samp still took the lead when Muriel went on a rapid counter and spread the play for Lorenzo De Silvestri to prod in with the outside of his right boot.
The lead did not last long, as moments later Luca Toni ran on to a Nico Lopez through ball to beat the goalkeeper from close range.
Samuel Eto’o came off the bench and his shot was palmed away at the near post by Gollini.
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Sent off: Acquah 57 (S)