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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 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7