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Sampdoria lose their way at San Siro. AC Milan put four past the Blucerchiati


Sampdoria lose their way at San Siro. AC Milan put four past the Blucerchiati

Sampdoria were roundly undone by AC Milan at the Stadio Meazza on Saturday night as they slipped to a third consecutive defeat. M’baye Niang was the chief tormentor while Giacomo Bonaventura and Luiz Adriano also found the net before Eder Citadin Martins notched a late consolation from the penalty spot: 4-1 the final score.

Doria started the game brightly enough. Gianluigi Donnarumma’s fluffed clearance after 30 seconds went straight to Roberto Soriano, who sent the ball back down the same channel but the keeper recovered in time to make the save.

Carlos Bacca responded for the hosts with a fierce effort, Emiliano Viviano parried and Alessio Cerci smashed the loose ball into the roof of the net but was clearly offside.

The Rossoneri did take the lead on 16 minutes. Niang dummied his way past Vasco Regini before drilling a low cross towards Bonaventura at the far post for a simple finish.

The goal stunned Samp and Niang very nearly made it two within a minute, his angled strike drifting just wide of the far post.

It would become 2-0 before half time, though. Lorenzo De Silvestri tugged Bonaventura’s shirt in the box and was booked while Niang made no mistake from the spot.

Luis Muriel tried to unleash a shot from inside the box on the stroke of half time but Alessio Romagnoli was well placed to make the block.

Sadly the script didn’t change after the restart. 240 seconds into the half, Niang latched onto a poor clearance from Viviano and punished him with a clinical finish, making it 3-0.

Samp showed a faint flicker of life around the hour mark only for Eder’s goalbound shot to be turned around the post.

Vincenzo Montella rang the changes with Muriel, De Silvestri and David Ivan making way for Federico Bonazzoli, Pedro Pereira and Angelo Palombo.

The Italian midfielder lashed wide within moments of entering the fray but it was an AC Milan substitute who made a real impact as Luiz Adriano chested down and fired home goal number four in the 80th minute.

Bacca might well have made it five before Eder pulled one back from 12 yards after being brought down in the box by Andrea Poli.

The goal takes the Italy forward’s tally to ten for the season making him Serie A’s topscorer but that is scant consolation indeed on a sad night for Sampdoria.

It’s now just one win in the last nine for the Blucerchiati and the bottom of the table is catching up. Let’s hope the ‘immediate’ results that Montella has called for come immediately against Sassuolo next Sunday.

AC Milan 4
Sampdoria 1
Goals: Bonaventura 16, Niang 38, 49 (pen), Luiz Adriano 80, Eder 87 (pen).

AC Milan (4-4-2): G. Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Cerci (Honda 80), Kucka (Poli 53), Montolivo, Bonaventura; Bacca, Niang (Luiz Adriano 74).
Subs not used: Abbiati, De Sciglio, J. Mauri, Mexes, Suso, R. Ely, C. Zapata, Nocerino, Calabria.
Manager: Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Viviano; De Silvestri (Pereira 64), Silvestre, Regini, Mesbah; Ivan (Palombo 74), Fernando, Barreto; Soriano; Eder, Muriel (Bonazzoli 63).
Subs not used: Puggioni, Brignoli, Cassani, Rodriguez, Christodoulopoulos, Carbonero, Rocca, Cassano.
Manager: Vincenzo Montella.

Referee: Doveri (Roma 1).
Assistants: De Luca (Pescara), Musolino (Taranto).
Fourth official: Peretti (Verona).
Additional assistants: Tagliavento (Terni), Mariani (Aprilia).
Booked: De Silvestri 37, Kucka 39, Soriano 46.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.

Season ticket holders 19,397 (€449,001), other spectators 12,971 (€345,867).
Pitch: Good condition.


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