Fabio Quagliarella was once again the difference maker for Sampdoria, as the Blucerchiati got all three points on their trip to the Stadio Paolo Mazza and the striker bagged a decisive brace.
Finding the back of the net twice in the space of seven minutes – between the 4th and 11th minute – the Blucerchiati captain paved the way to an important away win after back-to-back defeats on the road.
His first came from a lovely scissor kick, blasting it past Emiliano Viviano with what was a true centre forward’s finish, being closely marked yet able to smash the ball towards goal – another spectacular goal to be added to his collection.
He doubled Sampdoria’s lead with a powerful header, once again showing how lethal he can be in the penalty box.
He is now level with Cristiano Ronaldo in the capocannoniere race on 19 Serie A goals this season. He reached Gabriel Batistuta’s record for goals in consecutive games and relaxed a bit since, but is fully back in business.
Quagliarella is only the third player to reach the 19 goal mark in Serie A past the age of 36, after Silvio Piola in 1950/51 and Luca Toni in 2014/15. He is now the 28th all-time scorer in Serie A, having reached 146 total Serie A goals, just one short of Omar Sivori.