Sampdoria and Genoa Play Out Fair Derby della Lanterna Draw

In the Derby della Lanterna, the high flying Sampdoria acted as the official hosts of the night, as they met their old rivals Genoa on their shared ground, the Luigi Ferraris Stadium. Jakub Jankto opened the scoring for the Blucerchiati in the 23th minute, but Gianluca Scamacca equalized five minutes later as the Rossoblu were able to snatch a vital derby draw. 

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri started with his typical 4-4-2 formation, with Gastón Ramírez partnering star-man Fabio Quagliarella up front, and were supported by Jankto and Mikkel Damsgaard on the wings.

Meanwhile, Rolando Maran’s Genoa was shaped in 4-3-1-2, as Miha Zajc supported the attacking duo of young Scamacca and the veteran Goran Pandev. 

The North Macedonian striker had the first chance of the match in the 4th minute, but his shot went a little wide of Emil Audero’s goal. 

After a long quiet spell, Sampdoria managed to hit Genoa without further notice. Jankto received the ball on the right flank, and ran away from Domenico Criscito. Nicolò Rovella went out of his area to meet him, but it was too late for the young Italian, as the Czech international had unleashed a brilliant shot that went beyond Mattia Perin’s dive, and landed in the top far corner. 

The Sampdoria goal shook-up their rivals, as Genoa almost immediately replied when Cristian Zapata rose above everyone else to meet the cross from the corner kick, but his header was fabulously saved by Audero.

But the Grifone wouldn’t be denied for too long. Sampdoria defender Lorenzo Tonelli headed out a cross from Pandev, but the Genoa midfield heads it straight back to the Samp box, where Scamacca was quick enough to reach it and unleashed a low drive that Audero failed to save this time. 

It wouldn’t be a derby without some heated incidents, and thus before half-time, a clash between the two sets of players – and the bench included – almost erupted when Ramirez committed a tough foul on Davide Biraschi. Whilst the referee managed to maintain order on the pitch, the cameras caught an argument between the managers, Ranieri and Maran, while they were heading to the locker-rooms. 

The second half started slowly with barely any action to mention for its first 20 minutes or so. But a series of substitutions made by Claudio Ranieri reignited the action on the field, with Antonio Candreva, Adrien Silva and especially Keita Balde tipped the scale in favor of Sampdoria, while Genoa looked like they’re willing to settle for a point. 

In the 71st minute, Keita striked from the outside of the box, but Perin was just able to get a small touch on it and deflect it to the post. The ball went straight to Damsgaard, but with the open goal at his mercy, the Danish youngster shot wide and thus missed out on his golden chance for some derby glory. 

Keita had two additional chances but the former Lazio and Inter forward failed to convert his menacing presence into goals. On the other side of the pitch, Genoa substitute Marko Pjaca dribbled his way to the Sampdoria box, but instead of shooting straight at goal, he inexplicably decided to pass the ball to Pandev and allowed Tommaso Augello to clear it out. 

In the end, it wasn’t a classical derby like the one mentioned in our latest Throwback Thursday, but it was a hard-fought affair between two decent sides. And whilst the Blucerchiati were slightly better at times, a draw feels like a fairly reasonable result.   



November 1, 2020 – Serie A 2020-2021 Round 6

SCORERS: 23’ Jankto (S), 28’ Scamacca (G)

SAMPDORIA (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Tonelli, Augello; Jankto (86’ Léris), Ekdal (66’ Adrien Silva), Thorsby, Damsgaard (74’ Candreva); Ramirez (66’ Verre), Quagliarella (66’ Keita) (Letica, Ravaglia, Askildsen, Colley, Ferrari, La Gumina, Regini) Coach: Ranieri
GENOA (4-2-3-1): Perin; Biraschi, Goldaniga, Zapata, Criscito (77’ Pellegrini); Rovella, Badelj (73’ Behrami), Lerager (86’ Radovanovic); Zajc (86’ Melegoni), Pandev; Scamacca (73’ Pjaca) (Marchetti, Paleari, Bani, Destro, Ghiglione, Masiello, Parigini) Coach: Maran

REFEREE: Mr. La Penna from Roma
NOTES: Yellow Cards: Quagliarella, Thorsby, Ekdal, Jankto, Bereszynski (S), Goldaniga (G)