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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 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 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16