When Claudio Terzi and M’Bala Nzola scored on both sides of Antonio Candreva’s spectacular strike, Spezia won their first Serie A game at Stadio Picco. In the 91st match between teams from Liguria in Serie A, Spezia hosted Sampdoria and the home side started the best. Fabio Quagliarella started on the visitors’ bench, but at the Picco, a beautiful first half took place.
With two good chances from Nzola, Spezia started the match better, but it was Claudio Terzi that opened the scoring after 20 minutes.
Sampdoria responded and threatened to equalize immediately, forcing back the newly-promoted side. Candreva began and completed a beautiful counterattack in the 24th minute.
Mikkel Damsgaard, who moved the ball out to Jakub Jankto, was found by Keita Balde. It was crossed by the Czech winger to Candreva, who was free on the other side and Ivan Provedel couldn’t do anything about the former Inter man’s bicycle kick in the Spezia net.
The tempo decreased but Spezia continued to press for another goal, but with one each, the two sides went to the break.
In the second half, both sides showed more nerves, and Spezia proceeded to test the Blucerchiati defense without any modifications to either line-up.
As Morten Thorsby gave the referee a chance to blow his whistle, nudging the Milan loanee in the back, Tommaso Pobega finally secured a penalty for the home side.
As he slotted home the spot-kick, Nzola was cool and collected. The right corner was guessed by Emil Audero, but the finish was drilled into the lower corner, out of the goalkeeper’s control.
When he met a free kick with a flying header, Yoshida came close to hitting the back of the net in the stops, but the ball went just wide. With three critical points from a close match, Spezia will celebrate their first Serie A win at Stadio Picco. Tonight, the second-half penalty divided the two teams.