SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 2 - 28 Aug 2016 (19.45 UK)
Sampdoria 2 - 1 Atalanta
Kessie 27 (A), Quagliarella 35 (S), Barreto 45 (S)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Sampdoria are surprisingly top of the table with a perfect record, but it was tougher than expected to beat 10-man Atalanta.

The Blucerchiati were hoping to build on their opening victory away to Empoli, while the Orobici had to recover from a thrilling 4-3 home defeat to Lazio. This fixture had been played 44 times in the top flight with 26 home victories, 13 draws and only five Atalanta success stories, the most recent in November 2012.

It felt like a local derby for Gian Piero Gasperini, who was the Genoa Coach until this summer.

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez went close early on, then Luis Muriel skipped past Cristian Raimondi to drill inches wide of the near post and Gomez over-hit his lob with Emiliano Viviano stranded.

Atalanta took the lead with teenager Franck Kessie’s third goal in just two Serie A games. A Gomez free kick ricocheted around the crowd of players and the midfielder reacted quickest to fire home from 10 yards.

Samp hit back, a Muriel right-foot curler smacking against the upright and Quagliarella firing just over the bar.

Raimondi was having a nightmare dealing with Muriel and brought the Colombian down for a penalty that Quagliarella converted.

Atalanta self-destructed just before half-time. First Carlos Carmona received his second yellow card for a foul on Linetty, then Edgar Barreto placed a remarkably powerful header in at the near post from Muriel’s chipped assist. It was the midfielder’s first Serie A goal since January 2015.

Dennis Praet made his debut for Sampdoria just days after a €10m transfer from Anderlecht.

Ervin Zukanovic flew for a dangerous header late on, but Emiliano Viviano’s save proved irrelevant, as he was offside.

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Sampdoria: Viviano; Sala, Silvestre, Regini, Pavlovic; Barreto (Bruno Fernandes 84), Torreira, Linetty; Alvarez (Praet 60); Muriel, Quagliarella (Budimir 73)
Atalanta: Sportiello; Raimondi, Masiello, Zukanovic; Carmona, Kurtic (Petagna 76), Kessie, Spinazzola (Conti 58); D’Alessandro, Paloschi (Konko 46), Gomez
Ref: Doveri

Sent off: Carmona 42 (A)