Quagliarella decisive as Verona's unbeaten streak finally comes to an end.
#1.Verona ring the changes. Verona, in action for the first time in three weeks (they last played on 16 February against Udinese), made four personnel changes (Dawidowicz, Adjapong, Di Carmine and Zaccagni started), as well as a number of positional changes (Verre and Pessina were employed in different roles to accommodate Di Carmine and the absence of Veloso). With four of their most influential players sidelined (Veloso, Faraoni, Borini and Kumbulla), Verona were far from their fluent best against Claudio Ranieri's Sampdoria.
#2. A bright start. Given the circumstances (the match was played behind closed doors), it is perhaps understandable that Verona lacked some of their normal intensity. That said, they started the game brightly and created a number of opportunities in the first half. Commenting afterwards, Juric observed: “We gifted them the victory. After taking the lead, we had 7-8 chances to close the game. We also gave away soft goals. We lacked the will to close it".
#3. Lack of intensity. Verona's second half performance lacked the aggression, fluency and precision that we have come to expect from them this season. In the second half, Samp enjoyed some decent passages of play, with veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella spearheading an unlikely comeback. Quagliarella was involved in the buildup to his first goal with a neat give and go with De Paoli, before concluding the move with a perfectly executed first time shot past Silvestri.
#4. VAR intervenes. Not for the first time this season, Dawidowicz was culpable of a clumsy intervention inside the box. This time the Pole's offence was to defend a cross with a raised elbow, which VAR deemed to be dangerous. Up stepped Quagliarella to convert the subsequent spot kick, the Samp captain's 10th goal this season. VAR intervened for a second time in Samp's favour as Karol Linetty's late red card was reduced to a yellow after consultation with the video replay.
#5.Hellas take a tumble. With a game in hand, Verona drop to 8th in the league table, a point behind Milan. Parma are also on 35 points, having played the same number of games (25) as Verona.
Next up for Hellas - Fiorentina at the Bentegodi on Friday evening.