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Scot Munroe On April - 27 - 2011

Lanterna Latest: Seven Days With Sampdoria and Genoa

Sampdoria came away from Bari on Easter Saturday with a big smile and a much needed 1-0 away win. A Nicola Pozzi penalty relegated Bari to Serie B and gave Sampdoria a massive life line in their race to stay in the league.

This was a do or die game for the Bluerchiati and after the week they had after the pitiful display in Milan and the fans brawl on the training ground, this was the caveat that the club needed.
Sampdoria went into the game missing three players as Franco Semioli, Gilberto Martinez and Marco Padalino were all missing due to injuries.

Sampdoria started out the brighter when Nicola Pozzi had his effort well saved by Jean-Francois Gillet. Gianluca Curci then had to be at his best to deny Erik Huseklepp angle drive which was goal bound. Gillet then was at his best to deny Pozzi as Pozzi left footed effort was also goal bound. This was a war between Pozzi and Gillet.

Sampdoria then thought they took the lead when Massimo Maccarone crossed in for Laczko to tap in from a yard out but the offside flag. Andrea Poli then was brilliantly denied by Gillet when his effort was fantastically tipped onto the bar, then moments later he was brought down in the penalty area by Huseklepp. Nicola Pozzi stepped up and just squeezed his penalty past Gillet who got a hand to the ball.

Andrea Masiello then wasted a golden chance as he wasted a free header from a Parisi free kick. Gergely Rudolf then wasted another chance as he did all the hard work by only to fire wide of the near post. Andrea Poli even though he was subbed off found himself sent off for dissent in the final minute of stoppage time.

They are reports in the Corriere Di Firenze that Fiorentina are keeping a close on the Sampdoria midfielder Angelo Palombo. Palombo actually started his career with Fiorentina before moving to Sampdoria back in the summer of 2002. The bullish midfielder could be on his way out if the club is relegated as the player is unlikely to drop down a division. Angelo Palombo won’t be available on the cheap as Palombo contract runs into the summer of 2013. The Viola are in the market for a midfielder as it looks like Riccardo Montolivo is on his way in the summer and the club see Palombo as the perfect replacement.

Genoa gave their city rivals a massive result as at the Stadio Ferraris Genoa fought back twice to beat Lecce 4-2. Genoa was already safe and sitting mid table, but they had to deal without Miguel Veloso, Chico, Marco Rossi and Bosko Jankovic due to injury.

Lecce started the better of the teams and opened the scoring after three minutes and it was David Di Michele who wasted no time curling in a beautiful effort that left Eduardo rooted to the spot. Only five minutes later Genoa equalised as Antonio Floro Flores broke the offside trap and unleashed an angle drive across Rosati in the Lecce goal. Lecce restored their lead on the half hour and once again it was David Di Michele who got the goal as some bad defending from a corner found Di Michele at the back post to tap in. Just three minutes before half time Genoa got back on level terms and it was Rodrigo Palacio who got the goal. Palacio started and finished the move and tapped in from a couple yards out after a lucky ricochet fell into his path.

Just seven minutes into the second half Genoa got the third and Palacio netted his second as he headed home unmarked at the near post. Just after the hour Antonio Floro Flores got his second of the game as well, Domenico Criscito crossed in for Floro Flores to tap home from about a yard out to give Genoa a bit of gloss on the score line.

Reports in Tuttosport in have said that Juventus are trailing highly-rated midfielder Juarj Kucka who has only been in Genoa since January. The 24 year old midfielder moved from Sparta Prague in the January transfer window and the Slovakian performance has not gone unnoticed. The Old lady has been monitoring his progress at the club and looking for a summer swoop. Juventus are keen to add some fresh face in their midfield but the only down fall could be that Kucka contract at Genoa runs into 2015 and could be pay a substantial fee for his services.

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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