Well, that was horrible. In a match against 16th place Sampdoria, where a win would guarantee Fiorentina European football for the first time in six years, the Viola s*** the bed. Bigtime.
From the beginning, we looked like we didn’t care. I don’t how or why that happened, but the body language never looked right, the passes looked sloppy, and the team was not clicking. Alex Ferrari opened the scoring after lackadaisical marking from a freekick in the 16th minute, and Fabio Quagiarella made it 2-0 with a beautiful chip in the 30th.
This chip from Sampdoria's 39-year-old Fabio Quagliarella. pic.twitter.com/uX86vorOQR— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 16, 2022
The Viola looked sharp to start the second half, but couldn’t create any chances and conceded on the counter to Morten Thorsby in the 71st minute. Abdelhamid Sabiri picked up Samp’s fourth in the 83th.
The lone bright spot of the match was a penalty from an errant handball in the 89th minute, which Nico Gonzalez slotted home. In stoppage time, Omar Colley was sent off for talking to the ref.
At this point, I just feel bad for fans, who deserve to see Fiorentina in Europe again and not have their hearts broken with performances like this one. A win against Juventus next week is very possible and would still get us there, but this was our real chance. And, we blew it.
Goals: Ferrari 16’, Quagiarella 30’, Thorsby 71’, Sabiri 83’, González PK 89’
Cards: Torreira 14’, González 15’, Vieira 18’, Maleh 69’, Trimboli 89’, Colley (Red) 90+4’