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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 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 11 21
4 Sampdoria 11 20
5 Genoa 11 19
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 11 17
8 Udinese 11 17
9 Inter Milan 11 16
10 Verona 11 14
11 Fiorentina 11 13
12 Palermo 11 13
13 Sassuolo 11 12
14 Torino 11 12
15 Atalanta 12 10
16 Cagliari 11 10
17 Empoli 11 10
18 Chievo 11 8
19 Cesena 11 7
20 Parma 11 6