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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)

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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 34 79
2 Lazio 33 62
3 Roma 33 61
4 Napoli 33 56
5 Sampdoria 34 51
6 Genoa 33 50
7 Fiorentina 33 49
8 Torino 33 48
9 Inter Milan 33 48
10 AC Milan 33 43
11 Palermo 34 43
12 Chievo 33 40
13 Verona 33 40
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 33 32
18 Cagliari 33 24
19 Cesena 33 24
20 Parma 33 16