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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris (ATT 23,000) 26th October 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Massimiliano Irrati

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Atalanta Atalanta

Sampdoria 1

S Mustafi (56)


Atalanta 0

C Nica (S/O 63)

Samp sink Atalanta

Last Updated: 26/10/13 7:33pm

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Sampdoria: Recorded a much-needed win in Serie A

Sampdoria: Recorded a much-needed win in Serie A

Sampdoria moved away from the Serie A relegation zone with a hard-fought 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta.

Shkodran Mustafi scored the only goal of the game in the 56th minute for the Blucerchiati, who made their fans suffer on the way to their first home win - and only second overall - of the season.

Atalanta finished the game with 10 men after Constantin Nica was sent off in the 63rd minute, although they still caused the home team several problems as the clock ran down.

Sampdoria had Angelo Palombo moved back into the midfield after spending much of the season in the back four, but he was nevertheless forced to do more defensive work than he would have liked as Atalanta attacked early on.

This was frustrating him but it was annoying the fans even more and they made their feelings clear, prompting a reaction from Palombo inviting them to quieten down with his finger to his lips.

The one-time Samp captain hardly endeared himself to the Blucerchiati fans by doing so, but the team as a whole was not doing much to appease their frustrations and they almost went in at the break a goal down.

A delightful lofted ball forwards by Luca Cigarini picked out Cristian Raimondi whose header struck the bar on the stroke of half-time.

Samp coach Delio Rossi clearly found the right words during the interval as the home side appeared transformed in the second half.

Led by the lively Eder, it took them just over 10 minutes to take the lead.

Mustafi met a corner with his head and the ball crossed the line, even if Cigarini tried to keep it out with his arm.

Cigarini was initially shown a red card for handling the ball, although the referee changed the colour of the card to yellow, apologising for showing the wrong card.

He did extract the red card in the 63rd minute, though, when Nica felt the only way to stop Eder was to foul him from behind as he approached the penalty area.

Eder went close to doubling Samp's lead in the 68th minute, but Andrea Consigli made a save before the Bergamo club started to rally, even with a man less.

There were some nervous moments for the Samp defence, not least two minutes from time when German Denis placed a volley just wide of the right-hand post.

It was nailbiting stuff for the home fans, who were relieved more than anything when the final whistle sounded to signal Samp's first home win of the season.

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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