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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 17,000) 2nd March 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Damato

Torino Torino vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

Torino 0


Sampdoria 2

S Okaka (7)
M Gabbiadini (79)

Sampdoria back on track

Last Updated: 02/03/14 10:33pm

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Manolo Gabbiadini is knocked over by Kamil Glik

Manolo Gabbiadini is knocked over by Kamil Glik

Goals from Stefano Okaka and Manolo Gabbiadini helped Sampdoria put back-to-back losses behind them as they cruised to a 2-0 victory at Torino.

Morale must have been low among the Genoa-based side after defeats to Roma and AC Milan, but they responded strongly.

Okaka opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Gabbiadini settled matters after 79 minutes with a wonderful strike.

Sampdoria had conceded five goals in their two defeats without scoring, but they ended speculation over a lack of firepower when Okaka found the back of the net after seven minutes, slotting home from close range after latching on to Pedro Obiang's header.

Renan Garcia then narrowly missed the target with Daniele Padelli well beaten, while Okaka took the ball past the Torino goalkeeper but could only strike the bar with the goal gaping, with Gabbiadini then somehow missing the target on the follow-up.

It was a golden let-off for Torino, who were seeking to bounce back from their derby defeat to Juventus last week, and they duly came back into the match, with Angelo da Costa making saves from Jasmin Kurtic's header and Ciro Immobile's shot.

Alessio Cerci was particularly influential for the hosts but he too was thwarted by a tremendous acrobatic save by Da Costa, who tipped away the midfielder's close-range effort.

Da Costa was kept busy after the interval, tipping over Kurtic's effort from the edge of the area as well as Alexander Farnerud's strike from distance.

For all their endeavour, Giampiero Ventura's side could find no way past the inspired Sampdoria goalkeeper, whose efforts were not wasted as Gabbiadini sealed all three points for the visitors 11 minutes from the end with a fantastic 30-yard free-kick that flew into the top right corner.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 24 57
2 Roma 24 48
3 Napoli 24 45
4 Lazio 24 40
5 Fiorentina 24 39
6 Sampdoria 24 36
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Inter Milan 24 35
9 AC Milan 24 33
10 Torino 24 33
11 Palermo 24 33
12 Sassuolo 24 29
13 Udinese 23 28
14 Empoli 24 27
15 Verona 24 25
16 Chievo 24 24
17 Atalanta 24 23
18 Cagliari 24 20
19 Cesena 24 16
20 Parma 23 10