Salernitana vs Verona 2-2: First Point of the Season for the Granata

Salernitana finally collected their first positive result in Round 5 thanks to a gritty performance and a late equalizer. Verona might have left something on the table, but Igor Tudor picked up four points in his first two matches.

Fabrizio Castori confirmed most of the XI that held their own against Atalanta. He changed only the center-forward. Simy was selected over Milan Djuric and partnered with Cedric Gondo. Igor Tudor modified the formation a little more. Giangiacomo Magnani played over Federico Ceccherini, while Martin Hongla instead of Daniel Bessa. Nikola Kalinic spearheaded the frontline after two whole tilts on the bench.

The move paid immediate dividends as Kalinic punched it home after a great action by Gianluca Caprari six minutes into the game. Salernitana took over after going down in the score, but they could not capitalize on their chances. Ribery looked inspired, but Simy squandered a pair of juicy opportunities. The opportunistic Verona doubled at the 29th minute as Kalinic gently lofted it over Vid Belec on a quick counter. However, the Granata managed to cut into the lead in the stoppage time of the first half. Cedric Gondo slotted home a ball that lingered in the box after a set-piece.

The goal woke up the Scaligeri, which tried to ice the game. Their gambit worked out for long stretches, but Salernitana came through anyway on a fluky play with 15 minutes to go. Mamadou Coulibaly intercepted a low-drive shot from distance by Riccardo Gagliolo, glided past a defender, and smashed it through. Verona rattled the woodwork twice in the second half, first with a belter by Nikola Kalinic before the goal of the opponents and then with a gorgeous free-kick by Antonin Barak in the dying minutes.