Success for Samp
Sampdoria continued to find life back in the big time easy as they beat Siena 2-1 at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Last Updated: 02/09/12 10:42pm
Sampdoria continued to find life back in the big time easy as they beat Siena 2-1 in their Serie A encounter at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Promoted over the summer, Samp got the better of AC Milan in a stunning opening-day win last weekend, and were on the money again on this occasion.
Were it not for a one-point deduction, they would have a share of the lead.
Daniele Gastaldello was their hero, scoring the winner 23 minutes from time after Maxi Lopez and Simone Vergassola had traded goals.
It was a get-out-of-jail goal for Gastaldello too, as he had earlier given away a penalty which led to Vergassola's equaliser.
He took over the match-winning mantel from Andrea Costa, who scored the memorable goal at the San Siro last week, and the full-back impressed again tonight, whipping in an eighth-minute cross that nearly laid on an opener for Eder.
Lopez then started to impose himself on the game, playing in Eder who was denied by Gianluca Pegolo, who produced a sublime double save to keep out the Brazilian.
Ze Eduardo Love tried to get Siena - still in minus points owing to their own deduction - moving, but was kept out by Sergio Romero.
The opening goal would deservedly go to Samp, though, with Lopez trapping the ball in the box before wriggling free to get a shot away.
Love tried his luck again after the break, drilling over from the edge of the area, with Emanuele Calaio then planting a header wide.
Both men were celebrating with 62 minutes gone, though, although Calaio might have been more relieved when Vergassola followed up his penalty - given for Gastaldello's foul on him - which struck the post.
But Gastaldello quickly redeemed himself, rising to nod in Pedro Obiang's cross and give his side a lead they would not surrender again.
Siena ended the game with 10 men after Felipe was given a second yellow card with seven minutes remaining.