Fiorentina 2-2 Sampdoria: Stefan Savic rescues a point for the Viola
Fiorentina and Sampdoria played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday evening.
Despite missing his top strikers, Vincenzo Montella fielded an offensive 3-5-2 whilst Ciro Ferrara opted for a 4-1-4-1, with Emmanuel Icardi as the lone striker.
After Juan Cuadrado, Matias Fernandez and Mounir El Hamdaoui wasted some decent goal scoring opportunities, Stefan Savic headed in Borja Valero’s corner from the near post, as the home side opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.
Il Doria responded well and should have leveled the game but Nenad Krsticic wasted a golden opportunity as he failed to tap the rebounded ball following Emiliano Viviano’s awkward save. And Fernando Tissone hit the woodwork a minute later.
However, la Viola continued to look the more dangerous side going forward and had a penalty appeal turned down as the first half concluded 1-0.
The away side started the second half in an emphatic manner as Nenad Krsticic picked up Emmanuel Icardi’s headed pass and shot it past Emiliano Viviano to level the score in the 48th minute.
Haris Seferovic thought he helped the home side regain the lead but his goal was flagged offside as Vincenzo Montella’s men continued to look deadly.
Surprisingly, it was the away side who took the lead in the 72nd minute when Pedro Mba Obiang’s low cross struck Gonzalo Rodríguez’s boot leading to an own goal.
Stefan Savic rescued his side three minutes later by heading his second goal of the night, following Manuel Pasqual’s freekick.
Shkodran Mustafi was shown a red card in the dying minutes. The home side aggresively went forward looking for the winning goal but were held to a draw.
Following the result, both Fiorentina and Sampdoria have dropped to the fourth and 12th place respectively.