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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 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 12 22
4 Sampdoria 12 21
5 Genoa 11 19
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 12 18
8 Udinese 12 18
9 Inter Milan 12 17
10 Fiorentina 12 16
11 Sassuolo 12 15
12 Verona 12 14
13 Empoli 12 13
14 Palermo 11 13
15 Torino 12 12
16 Cagliari 12 11
17 Atalanta 12 10
18 Chievo 12 9
19 Cesena 12 8
20 Parma 12 6