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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 22,000) 9th February 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Diego Roca

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Cagliari Cagliari

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Cagliari away woes continue

Last Updated: 09/02/14 6:00pm

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Daniele Gastaldello celebrates the only goal of the game

Daniele Gastaldello celebrates the only goal of the game

Cagliari remain without a win away from Sardinia this season after Sampdoria clinched a 1-0 Serie A victory through Daniele Gastadello's goal at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The Samp defender scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute to earn the Blucerchiati the second consecutive win that lifted them into 12th place, where they are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

But Cagliari, who suffered their fourth loss in five league games and dropped to 15th place in the process, have not won a league game on the road since February 2013 and lie only seven points above the bottom three.

Samp took the lead by converting their first chance of the game when Gastaldello got behind Vasco Regini's cross to head the ball beyond Rossoblu goalkeeper Vlada Avramov.

Cagliari wasted a good chance to pull level in the 32nd minute when Matias Vecino picked out an unmarked Albin Ekdal in the box, only for the Swede to miss the target from a good position.

And on the stroke of half-time, Avramov made a vital save from Manolo Gabbiadini's close-range attempt.

The islanders pressed forward after the break and came close to equalising shortly before the hour mark.

Nicola Murru fed Nene in the area and the Brazilian's diagonal shot forced Samp keeper Junior Costa to dive to his right to make the clearance.

Costa was called on again eight minutes from time, on this occasion to keep out Marco Sau's shot from 12 yards, and when the final whistle blew Samp had managed to keep a clean sheet for a second match in a row.

The Genovese club next travel to the Stadio Olimpico to face second-placed Roma while Cagliari return to Sardinia ahead of their Stadio Sant'Elia meeting with strugglers Livorno.

This weekend also saw Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino move closer to selling the club he has run since 1992 as he prepares to finalise a takeover of second-tier English outfit Leeds.

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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 33 24
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 33 16