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Luigi Ferraris 13th January 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Guida

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs AC Milan AC Milan

Milan held by Samp

Last Updated: 13/01/13 10:39pm

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Giampaolo Pazzini gets a show away against Sampdoria

Giampaolo Pazzini gets a show away against Sampdoria

AC Milan missed the chance to go sixth in the Serie A table after neither side managed to make the breakthrough in a hectic goalless draw at Sampdoria.

Massimiliano Allegri's men were eager to leapfrog Roma, who lost at Catania, but found themselves largely under the cosh in Genoa as Samp looked to claim their second big scalp in a week.

Lorenzo De Silvestri, Andrea Poli and Mauro Icardi whipped the Marassi faithful into a frenzy with a host of exciting plays, with Bojan Krkic and Kevin-Prince Boateng coming close for the visitors, but ultimately it was Delio Rossi's Blucerchiati who were left the more frustrated side.

Samp started well and steadily improved through a frantic first half.

De Silvestri tested Christian Abbiati's reflexes with a treacherous low drive inside five minutes, with the Milan goalkeeper then launching himself skyward to flick Poli's curling shot out of the far corner.

Eder was next to draw Abbiati across his goalmouth with a swerving drive after Kevin Constant conceded a free-kick.

Icardi, fresh from his brace at Juventus, nearly got on the end of a cross from deep on the left wing, but Philippe Mexes proved an unwelcome distraction.

In the 21st minute Samp enjoyed another fine chance, Daniele Gastaldello escaping the attentions of Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini to head just wide of the target.

Ambrosini's lapse in concentration was due to injury and the veteran midfielder was withdrawn for Mathieu Flamini.

Milan's forward line had been frozen out for 30 minutes but Bojan's near miss inspired a brief spell of dominance for the visitors.

Stephan El Shaarawy and Niang were being marked out of the game but midfielder Riccardo Montolivo did force a low save from Samp keeper Sergio Romero.

The Rossoneri prodded and probed but lost control when Bojan whipped a poor shot over the netting and into the Marassi crowd, with Eder's audacious backheel at the other end missing the mark before the half-time whistle.

Niang finally found space and time to make an impact as play resumed, weaving into the area to strike at goal with Romero barely tipping his effort out for a corner.

Samp tried to wrest back the initiative with a fine one-two between Icardi and Eder, which came to nothing, but the game would soon open up in spectacular fashion.

First, Niang wriggled free down the right, picking out Bojan who flicked the ball across the goalmouth for Boateng. The Ghanian found the target from an improbable angle but, remarkably, Romero's trailing hand was in the right place.

Samp then stormed down the other end to twice test Abbiati. Poli's initial strike did little to worry the Milan keeper but he closed his eyes as Icardi latched onto a loose ball only to slam it wide.

The fizz went out of the game as both defences tightened up, substitute Fernando Tissone squeezing Flamini into a substandard attempt on goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Mexes closed down Eder's run before Boateng directed a horrible shot high and wide but, despite three minutes of stoppage time, there was no decisive moment at the Marassi.


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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 33 87
2 Roma 33 79
3 Napoli 33 67
4 Fiorentina 33 58
5 Inter Milan 33 53
6 Parma 33 51
7 Torino 33 48
8 AC Milan 33 48
9 Lazio 33 48
10 Verona 33 46
11 Atalanta 33 46
12 Sampdoria 33 41
13 Genoa 33 39
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Cagliari 33 33
16 Chievo 33 30
17 Bologna 33 28
18 Livorno 33 25
19 Sassuolo 33 25
20 Catania 33 20