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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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V Birsa (46)

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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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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