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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 23,000) 22nd December 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: N Rizzoli

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Lazio Lazio

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Lazio 1

Hernanes (31)

Lazio move up to second

Last Updated: 22/12/12 4:52pm

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Cristian Ledesma and Andrea Poli in action

Cristian Ledesma and Andrea Poli in action

Lazio moved up to second place in Serie A as Hernanes scored the only goal of a hard-fought away win against Sampdoria.

Hernanes netted just after the half hour as Vladimir Petkovic's side beat the team bossed by former Lazio coach Delio Rossi.

The Brazilian was on hand after 31 minutes to net the opener and Lazio went on to claim all three points.

The home side had the first opening after seven minutes when Nenad Krsticic shot wide from the left side of the Lazio box.

Two minutes later Sampdoria went close to scoring the opener when some good play by Gianni Munari set up Eder whose shot was kept out by a great diving save to the bottom right corner of his goal by Lazio's Federico Marchetti.

Sampdoria paid for those missed chances when the visitors took the lead through Hernanes.

A left-wing cross from Senad Lulic found Hernanes in the area and he finished the chance despite the best efforts of Sergio Romero to deny him.

On the stroke of half-time Sampdoria's Daniele Gastaldello sent a close-range header just wide of the left post following a corner.

Lazio came more into the game in the second half and had the first chance when Abdoulay Konko shot high over the bar from 25 yards.

Eight minutes into the second half Sampdoria saw another chance go begging when a great pass from Roberto Soriano set up Munari but his weak shot from outside the box made for a comfortable save for Marchetti.

Lazio forced a corner but Andre Dias put his header high over the bar.

Sampdoria were closer with the next chance but Nicola Pozzi shot just over the bar from the edge of the area.

Pozzi then sent a shot from 25 yards narrowly wide with Marchetti well beaten.

With three minutes to go Lazio could have added a second when Konko forced his way into the area only to be tackled by Soriano.

But the visitors had done enough to take the win through Hernanes' goal.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9