The season isn’t even at the halfway point yet, but Sampdoria already have two Goal of the Season contenders.
Fabio Quagliarella did it first when his back heeled volley sealed a 3-0 Serie A win against Napoli in September.
Sampdoria’s 35-year-old magician didn’t even bother to celebrate the stunning effort that left goalkeeper David Ospina stranded.
In fact, he appeared to apologise to his opponent for scoring such a fantastic goal.
Then it was the turn of Riccardo Saponara, whose acrobatic effort against Lazio in December had the wow factor for both the technique and its timing.
Lazio thought they’d won it when Ciro Immobile’s penalty six minutes into stoppage time, but then karate kid Saponara leapt highest to flick the ball into the back of the net in the NINTH minute of stoppage time.
It was Zlatan Ibrahimovic-esque, though it’s hard to imagine anyone daring to tear his clothes off like they did with Saponara as he celebrated with the fans.
Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi was gutted.
“There is a bitter taste in the mouth, as the statistics clearly show we dominated the match,” he said afterwards.
“At times we weren’t particularly sharp, but the performance was strong. We should’ve just kept the ball in the final 90 seconds and it was a serious error to give it away.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in 25 years of football, so this is a really strange sport. Sampdoria are strong and well-organised, but we deserved to win.”