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Luigi Ferraris 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Siena Siena

Sampdoria 2

M Lopez (45)
D Gastaldello (68)


Siena 1

S Vergassola (62)
Felipe (S/O 82)

Success for Samp

Last Updated: 02/09/12 10:42pm

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Sampdoria claimed a 2-1 victory over Siena

Sampdoria claimed a 2-1 victory over Siena

Sampdoria continued to find life back in the big time easy as they beat Siena 2-1 in their Serie A encounter at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Promoted over the summer, Samp got the better of AC Milan in a stunning opening-day win last weekend, and were on the money again on this occasion.

Were it not for a one-point deduction, they would have a share of the lead.

Daniele Gastaldello was their hero, scoring the winner 23 minutes from time after Maxi Lopez and Simone Vergassola had traded goals.

It was a get-out-of-jail goal for Gastaldello too, as he had earlier given away a penalty which led to Vergassola's equaliser.

He took over the match-winning mantel from Andrea Costa, who scored the memorable goal at the San Siro last week, and the full-back impressed again tonight, whipping in an eighth-minute cross that nearly laid on an opener for Eder.

Lopez then started to impose himself on the game, playing in Eder who was denied by Gianluca Pegolo, who produced a sublime double save to keep out the Brazilian.

Ze Eduardo Love tried to get Siena - still in minus points owing to their own deduction - moving, but was kept out by Sergio Romero.

The opening goal would deservedly go to Samp, though, with Lopez trapping the ball in the box before wriggling free to get a shot away.

Love tried his luck again after the break, drilling over from the edge of the area, with Emanuele Calaio then planting a header wide.

Both men were celebrating with 62 minutes gone, though, although Calaio might have been more relieved when Vergassola followed up his penalty - given for Gastaldello's foul on him - which struck the post.

But Gastaldello quickly redeemed himself, rising to nod in Pedro Obiang's cross and give his side a lead they would not surrender again.

Siena ended the game with 10 men after Felipe was given a second yellow card with seven minutes remaining.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7