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Scot Munroe On April - 13 - 2011

Lanterna Latest: Seven Days with Genoa and Sampdoria

The crisis at Sampdoria continues after Sunday action at home to Lecce where they were embarrassed to defeat 2-1 at the Stadio Ferraris. This was a massive six pointer that had new Sampdoria manager Alberto Cavasin against his old club.

Just six minutes before half time Lecce managed to grab the opener of the game and it was David Di Michele with the goal and it was due to Angelo Palombo poor play that led Di Michele to net from close range. This is not what Sampdoria wanted. Moments later it could have been 2-0 as David Di Michele nearly scored after a quick counter attack.

Early in the second half Sampdoria were caught out again as an unmarked Jeda squirmed a free header from a Mesbah free kick. At the other end Lecce keeper Rosati came to the rescue with a brilliant double save to deny Stefano Guberti and then the rebound from Massimo Maccarone was brilliantly palmed away, two brilliant saves. As Sampdoria were pouring forward they left gaps at the back and Lecce picked them off. Ruben Olivera burst into the box and easily rode Gilberto Martinez challenge with ease and fired home. Sampdoria pulled one back with twenty-one minutes to go and it was Massimo Maccarone with the goal and he received a pull back and fired home into the bottom corner.

Things then got worse for Sampdoria as they were reduced to ten men as Daniele Mannini was sent off for picking up two yellows card as he body checked Jeda. Sampdoria then in the final minutes missed 2 golden chances as Angelo Palombo fired over from the penalty spot and then had a free header go straight at the keeper. In the last minute of stoppage time Gianluca Curci went up for a corner and Lecce just managed to clear away and as Curci running back Donati missed on the counter.

Not the result that Sampdoria as their season plunged into more problems.

After the game Alberto Cavasin came out in the press and revealed that he not had given a thought to his possible sacking after the home defeat to Lecce. He told Corriere dello sport “i am not thinking about offering my resignation” “I am the one who decides these things”. “I arrived precisely because this team had problems in the squad, from the fitness levels to the issues that were within the side. . “Results count, especially at the moment. The crowd were cheering us on we need them right now. This squad has the quality to stay in Serie A”

Genoa was involved in an absolute barn storm of a game away at Juventus and was denied by a former team mate in Luca Toni in a 3-2 defeat. They took the lead in fortunate circumstances in the seventh minute as Luca Antonelli was trying to pass the ball to a team mate and it ricocheted off Leonardo Bonucci shin and wrong footed Marco Storari to make it 1-0. Not the best of starts for Juventus. Six minutes before half time Juventus finally knocked on the door, as Marco Motta got on the end of a Bonucci header forcing a brilliant Eduardo a brilliant point-blank save.

Juventus equalised soon after the restart and it was Pepe with the goal and it was from a nother deflected effort as Pepe header bounced off Marco Rossi shoulder to leave Eduardo stranded. Genoa got themselves ahead just before the hour and it was from a Juve target Antonio Floro Flores who got the goal. He received a ball in by Paloschi to rifle home in of the inside of the post.

Former Genoa player Luca Toni replaced Felipe Melo after sixty-two minutes and the sub paid off as with his first touch he set up the equaliser for Matri to score. Toni Laid off a Pepe cross from Matri to fire home from nine yards. Luca Toni then got the winner for the home side with seven minutes remaining as he got in front of former team mate Dario Dainelli to flick home and give Juventus the crucial three points in their Europe.

Up next for Sampdoria they face the tricky trip to Milan to face Ac Milan in the San Siro on Saturday night while Genoa have a home game against Brescia on the Sunday afternoon

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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