Date:31st July 2015 at 12:00am
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PEGASO NEWSPORT-PRELIMINARE EUROPA LEAGUE/SAMPDORIA-VOJVODINASampdoria will require a miracle in order to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League after they were humiliated by a 4-0 defeat at the hands of FK Vojvodina in the first leg of their third round qualifier on Thursday evening.

The fixture was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin as the Stadio Luigi Ferraris does not meet UEFA criteria and it was not a night to remember for new coach Walter Zenga. The 55-year-old former Italian international goalkeeper was making his debut on the Blucerchiati bench after replacing Sinisa Mihajlovic who left to join AC Milan in June.

The Genoese side got into trouble early on in the match when Vojvodina captain Mirko Ivanic opened the scoring for the Serbs in only the fourth minute of the game. Sampdoria had a few chances to get back into the contest during the first half but were let down by their forward’s profligacy in front of goal.

The hosts were made to pay for their wastefulness following the break as Vojvodina punished them, first through Aleksandar Stanisavljevic and then Ognjen Ozegovic, with the young striker adding his second and the visitors fourth in stoppage time before the home support jeered their side off the pitch at the full time whistle.

Walter Zenga will now take his team to Novi Sad next week in the knowledge that they will, at the very least, have to match this result if Sampdoria are to have any chance of progressing to the next round of the competition.