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It was a Derby Day like no other in Genoa as the Eighty Second Lanterna derby took centre stage on Sunday night in the port city.

A white hot electric atmosphere at the Marassi as Sampdoria had something to play for in their relegation battle to Serie B. The afternoon results did not go their way as Lecce got a last minute winner against Napoli and Sampdoria needed to pick up a result against their fiercest rivals Genoa.

Both Davide Balladini and Alberto Cavasin fielded 4-4-2 formation. Genoa had a full squad to pick from, while Sampdoria had to do without Marco Padalino, Gilberto Martinez, Franco Semioli and Ginaluca Curci who was only fit for the bench. Junior Costa therefore deputised in goal on his Serie A debut.

In the opening minute of the game there was a bit of a flare up between Daniele Mannini and Omar Milanetto after a free kick was given to
Sampdoria. From the resulting free kick Reto Ziegler whipped in a ball from the right hand side was headed away for a corner. From the corner Genoa cleared the ball away. At the other end a free kick from Omar Milanetto was curled in for Kucka but he could not get on the end of it. Kucka was ruled offside. Sampdoria were playing a very high line when defending set pieces and this caused them problems later on in the game.

Five minutes into the game Jonathan Biabiany whipped in a lovely cross from the right hand side for Nicola Pozzi to head over from close range. Moments later Laczko done well to cross in from the left hand side to Daniele Mannini who then led a ball to Angelo Palombo to fire over from around twenty-five yards out. Genoa then got into the game as a Mesto cross in from the right hand side found Rodrigo Palacio who headed wide. Then Kaladze played a lovely long ball which found Floro Flores who turned his defender well but he could only fire straight at Da Costa.

A free kick after a foul on Mannini from the right hand side was played in by Palombo who then found Mannini who looped a header over the bar from outside of the box. Some good interplay down the left hand side by Marco Rossi and Antonio Floro Flores with Rossi crossing in for Floro Flores who slid in with Ziegler and Ziegler comes out better clearing the ball off Floro Flores.

With four minutes before half time Biabany won a corner of Danielli and from the resulting corner Eduardo flapped a corner and Volta was close in to heading home. On the stroke of half time, Genoa got the opening goal of the game as Omar Milanetto played a corner in from the right hand side found Rodrigo Palacio to flick on Antonio Floro Flores to head home unmarked. He was booked for his celebration for taking his celebration.

Two minutes into the second half the game was stopped for around ninety seconds as a flare was let off in the Genoa end behind the goal and the smoke moved onto the pitch and there was poor visibility. Sampdoria started well in the second half and Genoa played deeper and deeper in their own half. This played into Sampdoria hands as they attacked Genoa, a free kick was awarded to Sampdoria after Mesto fouled Pozzi. The resulting free kick by Ziegler was drilled into the wall and then cleared away.

On the hour Guberti crossed in for the right who found Biabiany who headed wide of the goal. He really should have done better with the chance. But Sampdoria did get the goal, all of their good work deserved as on the sixty-sixth minute a long effort from Angelo Palombo was spilled by Eduardo and Pozzi with his knee found the back of the net.

With three minutes to go a free kick was awarded to Sampdoria after a foul on Guberti. Ziegler free kick was headed over by Massimo Volta.

In the first minute of stoppage time Genoa were reduced to ten men as Mesto was sent off for a punch on Ziegler after a scuffle broke out, Ziegler was booked as well.

In the sixth minute of added time Genoa got a dramatic late winner and more than likely sent down the city rivals. Milanetto played in a through ball to Boselli who had his shirt pulled by Lucchini, Boselli then turned the defender and curled in a left footed effort past Costa and sent the Marassi into delirium.

This was harsh on Sampdoria as the fair result was a draw. Sampdoria do lack some creativity in the midfield and lack a natural goalscorer up front which has hindered them this season. Playing with no confidence at the moment and their passing game was off tonight. It looks like they could be playing in Serie B. There next two games are at home to Palermo and away at Roma.

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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