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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 29,878) 3rd February 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Valeri

Genoa Genoa vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

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Sampdoria 1

M Lopez (24)

Sampdoria win Genovese derby

Last Updated: 03/02/14 10:23pm

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Maxi Lopez celebrates his winning goal

Maxi Lopez celebrates his winning goal

Sampdoria gained revenge for defeat to Genoa in the first Genovese derby this season by picking up a 1-0 win in Monday night's Derby della Lanterna.

Maxi Lopez's 24th-minute strike gave the Blucerchiati fans bragging rights until the two sides next meeting next season, earning Samp a crucial three points which take them eight points clear of the relegation zone, and up to within two points of their hosts.

The Rossoblu searched in vain for a route back into the game in a one-sided second half, failing to make the breakthrough in wet and muddy conditions.

Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic took a gamble on Lopez, who only joined the club last week, and he was repaid when the former Catania forward exchanged passes with Shkodran Mustafi before flashing his shot across Mattia Perin into the left-hand corner.

The official visitors to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris could have had a second when Angelo Palombo's free-kick only just missed the left-hand upright with Perin immobile.

Genoa struggled to match their guests in terms of hunger and desire, but as the first-half wore on, and with their fans trying to lift them, they managed to find a foothold in the game.

Alberto Gilardino tested Angelo Da Costa with a header before Andrea Bertolacci's shot was tipped over the crossbar.

Luca Antonelli did put the ball into the back of the net just before half-time, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Genoa had another goal ruled out for offside midway through the second half as they camped themselves in the Sampdoria half.

They inevitably left gaps at the back and Lopez almost capitalised on one of them, but Perin was alert to the danger, saving Genoa from further damage, but not enough as Lopez's earlier goal proved the difference between the two sides.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23