However, Genoa went on clinch emphatic 3-0 win.
Sampdoria supporters put on a stunning show ahead of the Derby della Lanterna on Sunday night, but the team could not respond against Genoa as Delio Rossi’s men fell to a 3-0 defeat.
Prior to the game, all the talk surrounding the build-up included a Genoa youth team goalkeeping coach “dressed like Rambo” and spying on their city rivals during training sessions.
It appeared to pay off as in a typically fiery game, the Grifone sealed a memorable 3-0 win over their bitter rivals, with Luca Antonini and Emanuele Calaio scoring on their debuts for the club.
Coach Fabio Liverani will have been relieved with the result given the building pressure on his shoulders following a slow start to the season, but Francesco Lodi made the three points safe with a trademark curling free-kick.
It was a disappointing night for the Sampdoria faithful, who put on a spectacular show prior to kick-off but failed to witness the desired response on the pitch.
Watch the video below for their pre-game choreography: