Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Milan, Italy
85′ Quagliarella (P)
Sampdoria recorded their first league victory over Inter Milan at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) since December 1996 after coming from behind to defeat the Nerazzurri 2-1 in Milan.
Fabio Quagliarella’s late spot-kick earned the Blucerchiati a historic victory following a handball from Marcelo Brozović in the area, after Patrik Schik’s controversial effort five minutes into the second-half cancelled out Danilo D’Ambrosio’s deflected strike, which had earlier put the hosts ahead ten minutes before the break.
The hosts started well and had a great chance to take the lead in the eighth minute after good initial play from Ivan Perišić, who found Éver Banega, whose strike was palmed away by Emiliano Viviano into the path of Antonio Candreva, who looked set to score, but he dragged his effort wide from close-range.
In the 24th minute the visitors very nearly took the lead against the run of play when Quagliarella fired an ambitious deflected effort from-range that struck the post with Samir Handanović well-beaten.
Two minutes later Inter went close when Mauro Icardi met a teasing cross from Candreva with a header but his effort drifted just wide.
In the 35th minute the Nerazzurri took the lead when Banega’s cross, following a short-corner, found D’Ambrosio, who fired an effort that deflected off substitute Bartosz Bereszyński to wrong-foot Viviano and find the back of the net.
On the stroke of half-time the visitors very nearly levelled the scores when Bruno Fernandes ran onto a loose ball to fire a terrific first-time effort against the outside of the post before Quagliarella fired the follow-up just wide on the volley with Handanović rooted to the spot.
Five minutes into the restart the visitors drew level. Fernandes initially did well to beat his man from a short-corner and find Matías Silvestre, whose glancing header beat Handanović and fell to Schik on the goal-line and the striker managed to help it on its way with a deft touch. It looked as though the striker was actually in an offside position from Silvestre’s header but the goal stood.
In the 61st minute Inter had a great chance to take the lead when a teasing delivery from Candreva was met by Perišić with a powerful header, but Viviano made a fine save by instinctively palming the ball away on the goal-line.
Seconds later the visitors went close, following a swift-break, when substitute and former Inter Milan player Ricky Álvarez fed Quagliarella, whose effort on his weaker-left-foot forced a good save from the feet of Handanović.
Seven minutes later the Nerazzurri went close when an Inter corner fell to substitute and former Sampdoria striker Éder on the volley but his powerful effort from-range was palmed away by Viviano.
In the 71st minute the hosts should have taken the lead when Candreva’s dangerous delivery across the face of goal found the awaiting Icardi, who had to score, but the striker blazed the ball over the bar with the ball coming off his shin with the goal at his mercy.
Inter were made to rue that miss, as twelve minutes later the visitors were given a golden chance to take the lead from the penalty-spot after the referee correctly penalised Brozović for hand-balling Karol Linetty’s freekick. Quagliarella stepped up to thump the resulting-penalty home, sending Handanović the wrong-way in the process.
The result meant that Inter remained in sixth on 55 points while Sampdoria remained in ninth but moved onto 44 points. The victory also meant that Sampdoria did the double against the Nerazzurri and was also the first league victory at the San Siro for more than 20 years for the Blucerchiati.