Paulo Sousa welcomed Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo back to the starting XI, while Khouma Babacar got a rare nod as well. Otherwise, everything was as expected.
A giveaway in their own half saw the Fiorentina defense let Bruno Fernandes pick up the ball at the edge of the area and lash home past Tata with an unstoppable shot in just the 4th minute, although he may well have been offside.
The Viola were lucky not concede another, but Tata saved Patrick Schick in a 1-on-1 later in the half.
Just on the hour mark, Gonzalo authoritatively marked his 200th appearance with the club by powerfully heading home a Borja Valero corner that left Emiliano Viviano with no chance.
11 minutes later, Ricky Alvarez popped up on the right side of the Viola box, settled a simple square pass from Patrik Schick, took what felt like 10 minutes to consider things, and then placed his shot past Tata.
The drama wasn’t over, though, as Riccardo Saponara found Babacar on the break in the 89th minute, and the Senagalese striker broke Sampdoria hearts with an unbelievably perfect shot right over Viviano to pull level again.
Babacar had a chance to win it just before the whistle, but Viviano somehow managed a save, and the game ended in a draw.
Goals: Fernandes 5’, Alvarez 71’ (ass. Schick), Gonzalo 60’ (ass. Valero), Babacar 89’ (ass. Saponara)
Bookings: Praet 67’, Alvarez 75’, Gonzalo 25’