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Samp come from behind to beat Inter and claim double San Siro scalp


Samp come from behind to beat Inter and claim double San Siro scalp

After a first Serie A double over Genoa in 57 years, Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria have now recorded another landmark achievement by beating both Milan sides at San Siro in the same season for the first time since 1996/97.

Two months on from Luis Muriel’s spot-kick defeated the Rossoneri, it was another penalty – this time converted by Fabio Quagliarella – that sealed the points against Inter following Danilo D’Ambrosio’s opener and Patrik Schick’s close-range equaliser.

Giampaolo sprung a surprise by handing former Inter man Dodo a start but other than that it was the expected line-up, with Schick taking up the mantle from the injured Muriel.

After a slow start to proceedings, the first chance fell to Inter 10 minutes in when Ivan Perisic centred for Ever Banega. Emiliano Viviano had to be alert to beat away the Argentine’s firmly struck effort and the rebound fell for Antonio Candreva, who thankfully scuffed his finish wide.

Jacopo Sala’s involvement lasted just a quarter off an hour before was forced off with an injury, Bartosz Bereszynski coming on to replace him at right-back.

Quagliarella almost broke the deadlock midway through the half when he rattled the post with a 25-yard effort and Mauro Icardi went close with a header a few minutes later but 0-0 it remained.

The hosts took the lead in the 35th minute with a healthy slice of luck. After Dodo had conceded a corner under pressure form Antonio Candreva, who had started from an offside position, D’Ambrosio connected with Banega’s ball, his shot hitting Bereszynski and deflecting into the opposite corner with Viviano powerless to do anything.

Samp might have got themselves level before the break with a better rub of the green but Bruno Fernandes struck the other post and Schick was unable to direct the rebound goalwards.

If the first period had ended with frustration for the Blucerchiati, the second began with joy as they found an equaliser just five minutes in. Bruno Fernandes stood up a cross for Matias Silvestre and the defender nodded towards the far post where Schick – kept onside by Marcelo Brozovic – got just enough of his studs on the ball to touch it in.

After Icardi had somehow contrived to lift the ball over from just a few yards, Sampdoria found the winner five minutes from time. Lucas Torreira’s trickery drew a foul from Gary Medel which won Samp a free kick just outside the box. Ricky Alvarez took it and Brozovic tried to block the ball with his elbow, leaving the ref with no choice but to point to the spot.

Up stepped captain Quagliarella to smash the ball straight down the middle and complete the comeback.

As the game entered stoppage time Vasco Regini had the chance to celebrate his 100th Serie A appearance with his first goal but delayed shooting too long and the opportunity was gone.

It ended 2-1 allowing Samp leave Milan with another three points to add to the three earned in February.

Inter 1-2 Sampdoria (HT 1-0)
Scorers: D’Ambrosio 35, Schick 50, Quagliarella 85 (pen).

Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Medel, Miranda, Ansaldi; Gagliardini (Kondogbia 46), Brozovic; Candreva, Banega (Eder 66), Perisic (J. Mario 78); Icardi.
Subs not used: Carrizo, Andreolli, Palacio, Biabiany, Sainsbury, Santon, Murillo, Nagatomo, Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Viviano; Sala (Bereszynski 16), Silvestre, Skriniar, Dodo (Regini 70); Barreto, Torreira, Linetty; Fernandes (Alvarez 61); Quagliarella, Schick.
Subs not used: Puggioni, Falcone, Simic, Palombo, Praet, Pavlovic, Cigarini, Djuricic, Budimir.
Coach: Marco Giampaolo.

Referee: Celi (Bari).
Assistants: Preti (Mantova), Longo (Paola).
Fourth official: Lo Cicero (Brescia).
Additional assistants: Irrati (Pistoia), La Penna (Roma 1).
Booked: Brozovic 84, Miranda 88.
Added time: 2+3 minutes.

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