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Scot Munroe On April - 20 - 2011

Lanterna Latest: Seven Days With Sampdoria And Genoa

Samdporia travelled to leaders AC Milan on Saturday night and were completely swept away losing 3-0 thanks to goals from Clarence Seedorf, Robinho and ex Samp man Antonio Cassano.

‘Doria went into the game in a massive slump and after last week defeat to Lecce, Serie B football was looming. They had to do without Daniele Mannini due to suspension, plus without Stefano Lucchini and Franco Semioli due to injury. So Zsolt Laczko was a surprise starter.

Milan took the lead after twenty minutes and it was a bit of poor goalkeeping by Gianluca Curci. Clarence Seedorf got the goal from a free kick, he pretended to cross but took a shot which surprised Curci who was a bit slow to react before the ball rifled into the bottom corner of the net.

The second goal of the game came after fifty four minutes and it came from the penalty spot. Gianluca Zambrotta had a strike brilliantly saved from Cur and the ball was headed goal wards by Mario Yepes and the ball hit Volta arm and the referee pointed to the spot. The Sampdoria players protested but the referee had none of it. Cassano stepped up and smashed the penalty down the middle and celebrated by referencing to his newborn son Christopher by sucking his thumb.

Just seven minutes later it was 3-0 to the home side. Cassano created the gaol as he broke down the left hand and flicked in a cross for Robinho to head home from close range.

This was a pitiful performance by Sampdoria and they looked like a completely different side to year ago.

Too add to this Alberto Cavasin and several Sampdoria players got into a brawl with angry fans just days after the team bus was attacked on Sunday morning. On Sunday morning a group of ultras invaded the team bus on its way back from a 3-0 away defeat to AC Milan. The ultras were making death threats and smashing the windscreen of the bus.

On Tuesday fans were repeatedly called for Cavasin to resign and he went outside the ground to talk to them. But this turn into a heated argument and its reported that the coach got into a bit of a shoving match with some of the supporters. Security staff the intervened between the manager and fans. Also there were some arguments between some fans and the players of Sampdoria as they arrived at the training ground.

Things for Genoa are looking a lot better at the weekend as they cruised to a 3-0 home win over Brescia. This game by bookmakers was quite low on the draw and the people who made bets on the draw will be now scratching their heads. Genoa was missing Miguel Veloso and Mattia Destro due to injury.

Genoa broke the deadlock just before the hour and it was done via the counter attack. Rodrigo Palacio got the ball down the right who crossed in for Rafinha who connected with a diving header.

Just ten minutes later the lead was doubled and it was from an own goal. Palacio drew out the keeper and then rolled the ball to Antonio Floro Flores but sadly it never got there, but Beradi got there but his attempt of interception only resulted with an own goal. Too make it worse Berardi was on the pitch for only five minutes. The third goal of the game came in the 4th minute of added time as once again Rodrigo Palacio assisted as he crossed in for Luca Antonelli who controlled the cross to fire home a rising angled drive past the Brescia keeper.

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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