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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris 25th November 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Celi

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Bologna Bologna

Sampdoria 1

A Poli (61)

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Bologna 0

A Morleo (S/O 5)

Samp pull clear of drop zone

Last Updated: 25/11/12 4:57pm

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Andrea Poli: Scored the only goal

Andrea Poli: Scored the only goal

Andrea Poli's goal moved Sampdoria further clear of the Serie A relegation zone and condemned Bologna to a seventh defeat in eight away games as they claimed a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Poli netted two thirds of the way through this contest as Bologna paid dearly for an early red card to defender Archimede Morleo.

Morleo was dismissed just five minutes into the game for a professional foul on the home side's Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi.

Despite the numerical disadvantage the visitors were the first to threaten when Alberto Gilardino shot over in the 12th minute, then two minutes later the veteran striker saw a right-footed shot from Marco Motta's cross saved by Samp goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Sampdoria's Pedro Mba Obiang was off target twice, before Bologna's Manolo Gabbiadini shot over in the 32nd minute.

The home side's best opening of the first half came when Andrea Costa crossed for on-loan Barcelona player Icardi - but he failed to find the target from close range.

Samp started the second half on the front foot and Bologna goalkeeper Federico Agliardi did well to save Daniele Gastaldello's close-range header from Enzo Maresca's free-kick.

After Gastaldello had shot well over, Poli made the decisive breakthrough, beating Agliardi with a low shot after combining expertly with Eder.

Costa shot over 10 minutes from time, before Bologna responded with a header from Nicolo Cherubin and shot from Cristian Pasquato, neither of which threatened the home goal.

In fact, it was the home side who came closest to scoring in the closing stages through Obiang, whose shot from just outside the box went narrowly wide.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10