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Italian Serie A

(ATT 12,004) 21st September 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Marco Di Bello

Sassuolo Sassuolo vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

Match report from Sassuolo v Sampdoria

Last Updated: 21/09/14 5:32pm

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Stefano Okaka keeps possession

Stefano Okaka keeps possession

Sampdoria keeper Emiliano Viviano came to the rescue as Sassuolo threatened to condemn them to a first defeat of the new Serie A campaign.

Viviano pulled off a string of saves to keep the the home side at bay at the MAPEI Stadium - Citta del Tricolore, the last of them seven minutes from time to deny striker Sergio Floccari and secure a 0-0 draw.

The visitors started strongly and could have been ahead after just two minutes, only for Sassuolo keeper Andrea Consigli to pull off a double save from midfielder Angelo Palombo and defender Daniele Gastaldello.

But opposite number Viviano had to claw away a long-range strike from midfielder Francesco Magnanelli and collect another effort from striker Antonio Floro Flores as the half wore on.

Palombo fired just wide from distance for Sampdoria and Saphir Taider shot inches over at the other end as the half-time whistle approached.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between after the break, although it was the hosts who created the better of them with Matteo Brighi missing the target from close range and fellow midfielder Sime Vrsajilko only just clearing the bar from 30 yards.

However, with time running down, Viviano was called upon twice to preserve both his clean sheet and Sampdoria's unbeaten start to the season.

The keeper was not unduly extended as he collected Flores' audacious back-heeled attempt 10 minutes from time, but he needed to be on his toes three minutes later to make a fine block as Floccari prepared to pounce.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10