There was some discussion before this one about whether Stefano Pioli was changing the shape to a 3-5-2, but it looked more like a 4-3-3 with Luis Muriel on the left wing but given freedom to drift central. Edimilson Fernandes got the nod over Marco Benassi in midfield.
After being the better side, Luis Muriel scored his first goal for the Viola after a great individual run. He brilliantly got beyond his man and tucked it away against his former club.
Luis Muriel debut Fiorentina goal against Sampdoria. pic.twitter.com/ois8PooBXm— calcio (@calcio33434746) January 20, 2019
Edimilson Fernandes was shown a red card half way through the first half, foolishly he fouled his man and was awarded a second yellow not long after Fiorentina’s goal.
Just after Fiorentina go 1-0 up, Edimilson shows a stupid lack of discipline that has been a consistent factor of his game of late and gets sent off. Why he keeps getting picked is beyond me— Chloe Beresford (@ChloeJBeresford) January 20, 2019
Gaston Ramirez scored a beautiful free kick to equalize, but he shouldn't have been on the pitch to do it. In the space of 90 seconds he got a yellow card and then committed a foul just as bad, but the referee said nothing doing. Right before the break he curled a great effort off the post and into the net as the Franchi faithful were raging.
Muriel somehow scored a better goal than his first, he did some sublime skill to beat two players and then ran quicker than the flash and finished expertly past Emil Audero to score his second of the match.
Unbelievable run and finish from Luis Muriel for #Fiorentina. Sharp turn, 60 yard run and finish. Just gone off to a standing ovation #calcio #seriea #FiorentinaSampdoria #FiorentinaSamp #GoalOfTheDay #goal— Calcio England (@CalcioEngland) January 20, 2019
Samp equalized through a Quagliarella penalty as Vitor Hugo stupidly handled the ball in the box. The striker smashed it into the roof of the net to make it 2-2.
Oh my a PK awarded to Sampdoria after a handball by Vitor Hugo at the Artemio Franchi Stadium!!! Fabio Quagliarella with a the convert to even the game at 2-2. #tlnsoccer #FiorentinaSampdoria #SerieA pic.twitter.com/k8hQumq8jG— TLNTV (@TLNTV) January 20, 2019
Quagliarella scored a second minutes later to turn the game on its head as he spun away from Nikola Milenkovic and finished past Lafont.
German Pezzella scored in the last minute of injury time to make it 3-3 in an incredible game at the Franchi.
The drama at Artemio Franchi Stadium!!! Fiorentina captain Germán Pezzella with the equalizer in injury time!!! 3-3 finsih at Artemio Franchi!!! #tlnsoccer #FiorentinaSampdoria #SerieA pic.twitter.com/Z2owpTQyIw— TLNTV (@TLNTV) January 20, 2019
Fiorentina 3-3 Sampdoria
Goals: Luis Muriel 34’ & 70’ Gaston Ramirez 44’ Fabio Quagliarella 81’ & 85’ German Pezzella 93’
Yellow Cards: Edimilson Fernandes (14) Gaston Ramirez (22) Nikola Milenkovic (34) Jakub Jankto (60) Vitor Hugo (80) Albin Ekdal (82) Cristiano Biraghi (82) Jordan Veretout (93)
Red Card: Edimilson Fernandes (39)