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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 31,575) 28th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Peruzzo

AC Milan AC Milan vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

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Victory boost for Milan

Last Updated: 28/09/13 10:18pm

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Valter Birsa celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game

Valter Birsa celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game

Valter Birsa's goal at the start of the second half earned AC Milan a morale-boosting second victory of the Serie A season at the expense of winless Sampdoria.

Milan started the weekend already trailing leaders Roma by 10 points after just five rounds of the season and needing to make amends to their fans for their 2-1 loss to Napoli in their last match at the San Siro.

They managed to achieve that thanks to Birsa's left-footed finish in the 46th minute, but it was far from comfortable for Massimiliano Allegri's men as struggling Samp created a number of chances to draw level without managing to put the ball into the net.

Neither goalkeeper had a save of note to make during a first half which saw Milan go close through Robinho, Philippe Mexes and Kevin Constant without hitting the target, while Samp's two efforts from Manolo Gabbiadini also lacked accuracy.

It took the home side barely 60 seconds into the second half to take the lead though, as Birsa picked up a pass on the edge of the box and drilled a low left-footed strike into the bottom right-hand side of Junio Costa's goal.

That proved to be the match-winning strike, although Samp will feel they should have got something out of the match after fashioning several decent openings in the final half-hour.

The first saw Roberto Soriano's close-range header saved by Christian Abbiati, before Gianluca Sansone (twice) and Pedro Mba Obiang saw efforts go just inches wide of the left-hand post.

Abbiati was then called into action again in the 86th minute to tip over Sansone's free-kick as Milan held on for the points.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23