Pazzini hat-trick ends Lecce run
Sampdoria edged an unlikely 3-2 classic as
Pazzini fired Samp into a two-goal lead by the 39th minute but I Giallorossi came storming back in the second period with goals from
It seemed set to end all square but the visitors left with all three points thanks to Pazzini's decider in the 88th minute.
The Genoa side came into the match with just one defeat in nine Serie A matches but with only one win in five, and had failed to score in any of their last four matches in all competitions.
However, Pazzini quickly buried that unwanted statistic as he capitalised on hesitancy from Lecce defender Fabiano and goalkeeper
The hosts responded with a shot over the top from Ernesto Chevanton and a drive from
Lecce's plight then worsened when Chevanton was sent off and seconds later Pazzini had made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Carlos Grossmuller brought down
Pazzini had chances to complete his hat-trick either side of half-time but failed to hit the target on either occasion and
Lecce's proud unbeaten record looked set to remain intact when Fabiano's cross was headed home from close range by Malian substitute Diamoutene, but Samp snatched a winner two minutes from time when Pazzini tapped in