Serie A Match Report: Palermo versus Sampdoria, 3-0
Palermo proved to be a side full of surprises yet again as they handed in another excellent performance increasing their chances of acquiring European glory. In the process they hammered a lethargic and lack lustrous Sampdoria 3 goals to nil.
In the encounter Palermo clearly out played their Italian opposition who happened to be useless with their finishing ability. On the other hand Palermo’s coach guided his team to surgical attacks one after another leaving their defence in shreds.
The score board showed a one sided story as in the first half Fabrizio Miccoli opened the account followed by goals from Giulio Migliaccio and Massimo Maccarone during the second half.
There were moments however in which Sampdoria enjoyed possession of the ball however their offence abilities were embarrassing throughout the encounter, barely having tested the home side’s goal keeper Salvatore Sirigu.
Sirigu barely broke his sweat in the match, however he was woken up early in the game after Cesare Bovo gave him a back pass that resulted in the ball travelling extremely close to the right side of the goal posts.
Nonetheless he was a man who had to do the least amount of work on field as the strikes from Mattia Cassani were well off target and Stefano Guberti was having an off day as well. Midfielder Reto Ziegler was also hapless in delivering free kicks which happened
to land in either in no man’s land or the gloves of goalkeeper.
Ziegler did make an effort to score later and his attempt came excruciatingly close to the top of the framework. However soon after that Palermo came forth with intentions of vengeance and went back satisfied.
During the 37th minute it was the young talent Javier Pastore who produced a brilliant through ball aiming for Miccoli and he made no mistakes in bringing it back home from close range.
Moments later it was Miccoli again who had the chance to double the lead but after some lustrous dribbling and a penetration into the penalty area the forward lost it when he blasted the ball up and away from the goal.
Guido Marilungo had a great chance to cancel out the lead but he missed it. Guberti assisted with a magnificent cross to Marilungo who was unmarked, however he flunked as the ball sailed over the framework even though it was only Sirigu he had to beat.
Sampdoria were soon punished for their flunk as Miccoli and Federico Balzaretti showed chemistry to assist Migliaccio for a goal. Migliaccio only had to beat shot-stopper Gianluca Curci who he did coolly with his head, literally.
Josip Ilicic then received a chance to score another but his shot was fired straight towards goalkeeper Curci. Sampdoria soon realized that they were going to be suffering a humiliating defeat if they didn’t act soon, therefore in an act of desperation,
they started shooting from outside the box, but their attempts were futile.
In this scenario Guberti was the man with the show but his and Palombo’s shots were far from perfect. Later Palermo ended with another goal as in the 79th minute Maccarone sealed the victory after receiving a neat pass from Ilicic. This defeat
will certainly send back Sampdoria thinking of their dismissive and unstable performances this season.