Roberto Soriano leads Sampdoria to derby win over Genoa in Serie A
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 05/01/16 11:45pm
Sampdoria survived a late Genoa comeback to secure a 3-2 victory in a thrilling Derby della Lanterna on Tuesday.
Roberto Soriano scored twice, either side of a goal for Eder, to put visitors 3-0 up four minutes into the second half of the Serie A clash.
But Leonardo Pavoletti netted after 69 minutes and again nine minutes from time to set up a tense conclusion, only for Samp to hold on for all three points.
The contest with delayed due to flares on the pitch, but Samp were not to be distracted and took the lead after 18 minutes when Soriano capitalised on a defensive lapse to score.
The visitors had a second before the interval when Eder pounced on a loose ball and finished clinically.
Eder had a header saved before Samp's third arrived when Antonio Cassano laid on a goal for Soriano.
What appeared to be a straightforward evening then became slightly more challenging when Pavoletti headed in a corner from Diego Laxalt.
Pavoletti had his second after 81 minutes, with another header, this time from a cross by Tomas Rincon.
But it was Samp who came closest to scoring in the final stages as Edgar Barreto hit the bar on the counter attack.