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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris (ATT 20,128) 3rd November 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Sassuolo Sassuolo

Sampdoria 3

N Pozzi (19)
A Costa (S/O 51)
Eder (65)
L De Silvestri (81)


Sassuolo 4

D Berardi (49, pen 52, pen 88)
A Floro Flores (63)

Berardi treble boosts Sassuolo

Last Updated: 03/11/13 6:57pm

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Davide Gavazzi and Marcello Gazzola battle for the ball

Davide Gavazzi and Marcello Gazzola battle for the ball

Domenico Berardi scored a second-half hat-trick as Sassuolo fought back to beat 10-man Sampdoria 4-3 and clinch only their second win of the Serie A season.

What would end as a scintillating victory for the visitors to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris sparked into life when Samp striker Nicola Pozzi opened the scoring in the first half.

Sassuolo, who earned a first ever away win in the top flight, hit back after the break with Berardi equalising before turning the game around from the penalty spot after Andrea Costa saw red.

Antonio Floro Flores extended the visitors' lead, but goals from Eder and Lorenzo De Silvestri set Samp on course for a share of the points.

They took nothing from the game, though, as Berardi settled the end-to-end encounter with another spot-kick right at the end.

Samp goalkeeper Angelo Da Costa got his first of many feels of the ball in the 11th minute as Floro Flores found the target with a free-kick.

Floro Flores' next chance came six minutes later but once again Da Costa denied him.

In the 19th minute Samp took the lead against the run of play. Costa supplied the assist with his head and Pozzi could not miss.

Marcello Gazzola might then have scored a first-half equaliser, but he took too long to shoot when all alone in the area.

After the break Eusebio Di Francesco's men returned to the Marassi pitch fiercely determined to turn the game around.

Moments after the restart Berardi struck the first blow of a frenetic second half, notching his third goal of the season in tucking home Alessandro Longhi's cross.

The goalscorer went down in the Samp box in the 51st minute and, while Costa started the trudge back to the changing rooms after picking up his second yellow card, Berardi converted the penalty.

Floro Flores fancied the third goal and was unlucky not to find it at the end of a slaloming run, Da Costa snaffling his weak finish.

The Neapolitan would not be denied in the 63rd minute, however, his fierce and unchallenged drive finding the back of the net.

The game was suddenly wide open now and, two minutes later, Samp halved the deficit through Eder.

Sterling work from Pozzi down the right wing freed the Brazilian to shoot he kept his side alive with a right-footed finish beyond Gianluca Pegolo.

There was plenty of drama left to come.

In the 81st minute, De Silvestri wheeled away to celebrate in front of the Sampdoria fans after heading home an equaliser from a corner.

Delio Rossi's men thought they had managed to rescue a valuable point after succumbing to a swashbuckling fightback, but Sassuolo were not quite finished.

The Marassi clock showed two minutes remaining when De Silvestri felled substitute Diego Farias in the Samp box.

Berardi stepped up to the spot once again before completing his hat-trick with a minimum of fuss to clinch the most dramatic of wins for the promoted side.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16