Sampdoria fought back to snatch a point away to bottom of the table Crotone.
The Squali were still rock bottom and desperate to turn things around as they hosted a Sampdoria side that needed to improve their away record. Jacopo Sala was added to the Blucerchiati absentee list and Ricky Alvarez came back for Bruno Fernandes.
It was almost a dramatic start, as within 90 seconds Diego Falcinelli had the ball in the net, but only after he’d been flagged offside.
Falcinelli also scuffed a shot wide on Raffaele Palladino’s cross, while Alvarez’s free kick was smothered at the other end.
Crotone finally found a way through on the stroke of half-time. A free kick found Palladino, whose half-volley was beaten away by Christian Puggioni, but Falcinelli turned in the rebound.
Samp had a double opportunity on 54 minutes, as Alex Cordaz parried both the Fabio Quagliarella toe-poke and Luis Muriel’s volleyed follow-up.
Muriel rattled the crossbar with a ferocious rising strike from a tight angle and Samp’s pressure did eventually pay off. Pedro Pereira’s long ball was volleyed back across the six-yard box by Quagliarella for unmarked Bruno Fernandes to tap in.
Muriel went on another solo run and his finish from a tight angle was charged down by Gian Marco Ferrari.
Samp poured forward late on and Quagliarella’s powerful effort stung Cordaz’s gloves.
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