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Italian Serie A

Renato Dall'Ara 21st April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: S Peruzzo

Bologna Bologna vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

Bologna 1

A Gilardino (24)


Sampdoria 1

G Sansone (59)

Honours even for mid-table pair

Last Updated: 21/04/13 6:09pm

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Frederik Sorensen makes a tackle

Frederik Sorensen makes a tackle

Two of Serie A's midtable clubs, Bologna and Sampdoria, played out a 1-1 draw at the Renato Dall'Ara after Gianluca Sansone cancelled out Alberto Gilardino's first half strike.

With the two sides sitting 12th and 14th, neither came into the match with much to play for, safe from the threat of relegation with little chance of challenging for a European place.

The home side were without suspended defender Gyorgy Garics, while Diego Perez missed out through injury - although Panagiotis Kone was passed fit.

The visitors were without suspended defenders Andrea Costa and Lorenzo De Silvestri while striker Eder and Nenad Krsticic both missed out through injury.

The visitors started strongly and just three minutes in Pedro Obiang's shot from the edge of the area had to be pushed to safety by home stopper Gianluca Curci

That kickstarted the home side and after 11 minutes a Marco Motta cross found Alberto Filardino, whose acrobatic volley skimmed the right post with Sergio Romero well beaten.

Just 60 seconds later and Filardino went close again with a curling free-kick which was well kept out by the Argentinian.

Sampdoria broke and Curci pulled off a wonderful save off Sansone from close range.

After a manic start, the game gradually settled down, that is until the 24th minute when Bologna took the lead. Saphir Sliti Taider did well down the right before delivering an inch-perfect cross for an unmarked Gilardino who headed home from close range.

They almost doubled their lead two minutes before the break when Kone burst into the box but his close range effort was kept out by Romero.

Alessandro Diamanti fired just wide of the post two minutes into the second half, before Curci made another impressive stop to keep out Andrea Poli's drilled shot.

There was however little he could do after 59 minutes as a terrific Maxi Lopez cross found Sansone, whose left footed effort flew into the top right hand corner of the net.

Kone shot over from the edge of the area before a Diamanti free-kick hit the post late on, but Sampdoria held on for a point.

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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