It may be just a few weeks into the Serie A season, but Fabio Quagliarella may have already scored the goal of the year.
Things were already going well for his Sampdoria side against visitors Napoli, as a first-half brace from Gregoire Defrel had the hosts up 2-0.
Quagliarella, who assisted Defrel’s second, put an exclamation point on the victory in the 75th minute of the contest.
Off a free-kick that was sent off the wall, defender Bartosz Bereszynski decided to drive a hard low cross into the area. Quagliarella, with his back toward goal, managed not only to get to the cross but also turn it into a magical finish.
He did a slight leap off the ground to make a deft flick of the attempt, redirecting it into the net and leaving Napoli and former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospinia with no chance.
We have had some amazing goals on Eleven today, but this might be the cleverest of the lot. Stand up, @FQuagliarella27. It's @sampdoria 3, @sscnapoli 0, and you can catch the last 15 minutes on our Facebook Live. #SerieA #PureFootball pic.twitter.com/2QpQIDdcZQ — Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) September 2, 2018
Javier Pastore managed a similar effort for Roma last week, but did not have to redirect a cross with nearly as much power behind it.
It was the 35-year-old Quagliarella’s first goal of the 2018-19 Serie A campaign, after having scored 19 last season in the Italian top-flight, and 12 the season before.
The 3-0 victory for Sampdoria provided them with their first points of the season, having dropped their opener 1-0 against Udinese.
Sampdoria are looking to build off a 10th place finish in Serie A in 2017-18.