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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 36,288) 26th August 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: L Banti

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Sampdoria stun the San Siro

Last Updated: 26/08/12 8:01pm

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Andrea Costa celebrates his shock winner

Andrea Costa celebrates his shock winner

Sampdoria made a winning return to Serie A with a shock 1-0 victory at AC Milan, whose new-look side failed to ease their fans' pre-season concerns.

Andrea Costa scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute and, although the Rossoneri hit the woodwork twice, their fans made their feelings clear at the final whistle.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will now have more questions to answer after shedding several key players this summer while Samp showed that they can be competitive in the top flight after spending one season in Serie B.

It was Milan's first outing since the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris St-Germain while new signing Giampaolo Pazzini, who traded Milan clubs with Antonio Cassano, started on the bench.

It appeared many Milan fans had voted with their feet, leaving the San Siro only half full with the crowd swelled by a sizeable travelling support as Samp fans flocked to witness their return to the big league.

There was not much to write home about for the fans, though, during a dismal first 45 minutes.

The only chance was wasted by Samp striker Eder, but Daniele Bonera made up for his mistake in letting the forward get away by recovering ground to get in a tackle.

Samp went ahead in the 58th minute was Costa sent an unstoppable header past Christian Abbiati following a corner.

Mario Yepes replied at the other end six minutes later, but his header was pushed onto the post by Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who collected the rebound.

Pazzini soon took to the field but Milan struggled to find a way through as Sampdoria defended in numbers.

The home team almost grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time when they hit the woodwork again, this time Kevin-Prince Boateng frustrated as the ball stayed out.

And Mathieu Flamini wasted the last chance of the game as Daniele Gastaldello cleared his effort off the goal line.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 19 46
2 Roma 19 41
3 Lazio 20 34
4 Napoli 19 33
5 Sampdoria 19 33
6 Fiorentina 19 30
7 Genoa 19 28
8 Palermo 19 26
9 Inter Milan 19 26
10 AC Milan 20 26
11 Sassuolo 20 25
12 Udinese 19 24
13 Torino 19 22
14 Verona 19 21
15 Atalanta 19 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 19 19
18 Chievo 19 18
19 Parma 19 10
20 Cesena 19 9