Serie A Week 14 - 27 Nov 2016 (14.00 UK)
Crotone 1 - 1 Sampdoria
Falcinelli 43 (C), Bruno Fernandes 71 (S)
Stadio Ezio Scida

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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Crotone: Cordaz; Rosi, Ceccherini, Ferrari, Mesbah (Martella 71); Rohden, Crisetig (Capezzi 88), Barberis; Trotta, Falcinelli, Palladino (Stoian 78)
Sampdoria: Puggioni; Pereira, Silvestre, Skriniar, Regini; Barreto, Torreira, Linetty (Praet 46); Alvarez (Bruno Fernandes 52); Quagliarella, Muriel (Schick 88)
Ref: Maresca