Both sides were making their Serie A debuts under new coaches and with numerous new signings too. Spezia were missing figures including Janis Antiste, Kelvin Amian, Salva Ferrer and Viktor Kovalenko, while Koni De Winter was suspended for Empoli and Lorenzo Tonelli injured.
Spezia took the lead when Simone Bastoni’s through ball allowed M’Bala Nzola to spring the offside trap and fire through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Destro threatened again, turning inches wide after spinning his marker, while Henderson drilled just off target with Dragowski at full stretch.
Spezia 1-0 Empoli
Nzola 36 (S)