10/27/22, 3:24 AM
On Monday, Sampdoria recorded their first league win of the season with a 1-0 victory away to fellow Serie A relegation contenders Cremonese.
Nailed to the bottom of the table after winning none of their first ten league matches (D3, L7), La Samp came into the game hoping to take all three points and take La Cremo's place in the standings.
However, things did not start well for Dejan Stankovic's men, as referee Fabio Maresca awarded a spot-kick to the hosts after consulting a side-pitch monitor only six minutes into the game.
Bruno Amione had brought down David Okereke inside the box, giving Cyriel Dessers a golden chance to put Cremonese ahead, but Emil Audero had other ideas.
In addition to denying the Nigerian's bid to become the first Grigiorossi player to score a hat-trick in Serie A since 1995, Audero boosted the visitors' chances of getting off to a good start.
Despite the fact that Cremonese goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi was not forced to make a save in the first 45 minutes, Sampdoria forced him to make a save when it mattered the most.
Midway through the second half, Manolo Gabbiadini broke one-on-one with Carnesecchi but failed to convert a glorious opportunity as the Cremonese shot-stopper came up huge to thwart his attempt from point-blank range.
Gabbiadini, on the other hand, redeemed himself only moments later. He found enough space in the box to head the ball into the box, where Omar Colley tapped home to put Stankovic's men up 1-0.
While Cremonese are the only Serie A team yet to win this season, Sampdoria won their first league game but remain in the relegation zone.
Sassuolo appears from nowhere to bring more misery to Verona.
Sassuolo rallied from an early deficit to defeat Hellas Verona 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium, securing their place in the mid-table comforts.
Federico Ceccherini scored the opening goal for Salvatore Bocchetti's side after only two minutes. He sent in a low cross that fooled everyone, including home goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
Despite taking advantage in an unusual manner, the Gialloblu were unable to gain momentum, allowing Alessio Dionisi's men to take control of the game.
Sassuolo came close a few times before Armand Lauriente picked up the ball on the left wing and made a superb solo run to curl the ball home on the hour mark.
With the teams tied going into the second half, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before the Neroverdi turned the game around.
Who else but Frattesi could have come to Sassuolo's aid? At the 75-minute mark, the in-demand midfield dynamo put the ball past Verona keeper Lorenzo Montipo to complete the comeback.
And, while Sassuolo remain in mid-table comfort, Verona's dreadful start to the season continues, with Bocchetti's men now languishing in 19th!