Serie A

  • 71’ C. Bacca
Serie A
Luigi Ferraris


    • KICK OFF
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      There has been a minimum of two minutes stoppage time added on at the end of this first half...
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      We are into the third minute of five minutes stoppage time at the end of this game, which has lost all its rhythm in the last few moments, with Milan expertly winding down the clock and restricting Sampdoria to nothing more than hopeful punts upfield.
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      Well, that’s all we’ve got time for this evening. As always, it has been a pleasure to bring you all the action. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
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      It was a hugely frustrating night for Sampdoria, who created several good opportunities in the first half only to be denied by Milan’s young goalkeeper Donnarumma. They thought they had taken the lead courtesy of Dodo’s close-range effort, only for that to be ruled correctly offside and duly disallo
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      FULL TIME! It’s all over in Genova, where it has finished Sampdoria 0-1 Milan in Serie A, thanks to Carlos Bacca’s strike midway through the second half. The hosts had the better of the opening hour or so, but after the visitors took the lead, they held firm and frustrated Vincenzo Montella’s side t
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      The deadlock may remain unbroken in Genova, but it has certainly not been for a lack of trying from either side. Milan have had the better of the possession, and have looked dangerous themselves on occasion, but it is Sampdoria who have looked the most likely to open the scoring so far. If the secon
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      HALF TIME! Well, that’s it for the opening 45 minutes in Genova, with the score level at 0-0 between Sampdoria and Milan. It has been a family even - and extremely fast-paced - contest, though it is the hosts who have gone closest to going ahead, with Dodo seeing what at first appeared to be a perfe
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      We are just moments away from kick off now in Genova. The atmosphere is typically vibrant at the Stadio Communal Luigi Ferraris, with the Sampdoria fans still not losing faith in their side despite their disastrous follow-up to last season’s impressive campaign.
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      Brocchi, who has signed just a seven-week contract as head-coach, may be a novice when it comes to management, but as a player his list of honours is impressive. He won two Champions League titles, a Coppa Italia and Serie A title during his time with Milan, as well as going on to lift trophies duri
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      Milan substitutes: Lopez, De Sciglio, Mauri, Mexes, Menez, Honda, Poli, Zapata, Abbiati, Boateng, Locatelli, Calabria.
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      Milan (4-3-1-2): Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Bertolacci, Montolivo, Kucka; Bonaventura; Bacca, Balotelli.
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      Sampdoria substitutes: Puggioni, Moisander, Barreto, Rodriguez, Correa, Pereira, Palombo, Christodoulopoulos, Muriel, Skriniar, Brignoli.
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      Sampdoria (3-5-2): Viviano; Diakite, Cassani, Silvestre; De Silvestri, Soriano, Krsticic, Fernando, Dodo; Alvarez, Quagliarella.
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      TEAM NEWS - Without further ado, let’s check on the full line ups and substitutes benches, starting with the hosts...
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      The team news is in from the Stadio Communal Luigi Ferraris! There are four changes in total for the hosts, as Inter loanee Andrea Ranocchia, Nikolas Mosander, Edgar Barreto and Luis Muriel drop out, with Mattia Cassani, ex-Milan defender Matias Silvestre, Fernando and Ricardo Alvarez their replacem
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      As for Milan, their awful run of form has seen them slip 10 points adrift of fifth-placed Fiorentina, and allowed Sassuolo, in eighth, to close the gap to one point. Cristian Brocchi has been promoted from the role of Under-19s coach to take the helm at the San Siro following Mihajlovic’s dismissal,
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      While Milan’s disappointing campaign has been well documented, Sampdoria’s season has also failed to live up to expectations. Mihajlovic led Samp to a 7th-placed finish and a Europa League place last term. Samp, who have lost only one of the last six home games against Milan, have shown signs of imp
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      Hello and welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Sampdoria and AC Milan, as the Rossoneri begin life after Sinisa Mihajlovic at the Serbian’s from club, who they have beat on two occasions already this campaign. It has certainly been a tough week for the vi
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      KICK OFF! We are under way, with referee Paolo Valeri sounding his whistle and the visitors, in their usual back and red-striped strip, getting proceedings up and running.
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      Good pressure and intensity from the hosts early on, as the visitors look to become accustomed to their new set-up of 4-3-1-2 that Brocchi is employing this evening. Alvarez does well to weave his way down the left, but Alex uses all of his experience to get across and calmly steward the ball away f
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      A first chance of the game now for Milan, as Balotelli stands over a free-kick - which he himself won following a powerful run through the heart of Sampdoria’s midfield - 25 yards out from goal. The Liverpool loanee steps up and thumps a dipping strike over the Sampdoria wall, but it does not drop q
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      CLOSE! Milan have managed just one win from their last seven on the road, but they have started promisingly here. Fernando concedes possession sloppily in midfield, with Bonaventura, whose form has dropped in recent weeks following what has been a mostly outstanding individual campaign, pouncing on
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      Good effort! That’s a fine attempt by Alvarez, who combines well with De Silvestri down the left flank before cutting inside and hammering a strike goal-wards that has Donnarumma scrambling to his left, but fortunately for the 17-year-old Milan goalkeeper, the ball nestles into the side-netting.
    • 11'
      Well, a real rarity now, as Balotelli gives possession away with a lazy pass, which allows Dodo to break down the right wing. However, rather than throwing a tantrum as he so often does when things do not go his way, the aforementioned former Manchester City striker tracks the run of the young full-
    • 13'
      Solid defending from Kucka, as the former Genoa man tracks the run of Soriano and manages to prevent the Italy midfielder getting on the end of a pinpoint cross from De Silvestri. Alvarez whips in the resulting corner, which Diakite latches onto, but the defender cannot get enough purchase on his he
    • 16'
      It’s been a frenetic, end-to-end start to proceedings at the Stadio Ferraris, with both sides seemingly desperate to get the opening goal. Sampdoria again manage to string together a promising move down the left, with Abate momentarily switching off and allowing Soriano to latch onto a searching pas
    • 18'
      Milan win a corner down on their left flank, which Balotelli takes. He elects to go short, playing a one-two with Montolivo before attempting to cause havoc with a low, drilled cross, but the experienced Cassani is well-positioned to get their ahead of any Milan attacker and make the clearance.
    • 20'
      CHANCE! Unusually slack play from Kucka, who is so often tidy and safe in possession, as he gives the ball away in a dangerous position with a loose pass straight into the feet of Quagliarella. The veteran forward turns neatly, taking one touch before striking a swerving effort towards the target, b
    • 22'
      Almost! Balotelli appears to be on set-piece duty for the visitors this evening, and he lives up to that billing with a superb delivery from a free-kick out on the right. Romagnoli meets it with a diving header, but De Silvestri just manages to get his body in the way and block the effort, with Dod
    • 24'
      Silly from Bertolacci as, after doing so well to retrieve possession for Milan on the cusp of the visitors area, overhits his second touch and slides in on Soriano, duly conceding a free-kick 30 yards out from goal. Can Sampdoria manufacture a chance from this position...
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      GOOOAAALLLLL!!! Wait, is it? No, it’s been disallowed! Well, that’s an extremely tight call from the officials, and the Sampdoria coaching staff and players are furious. The chance came about when, after initially making a mess of their free-kick, Fernando did brilliantly to hook in a superb cross w
    • 29'
      That’s reckless! The game is really heating up now following that disallowed goal, and Sampdoria’s players are starting to dive into challenges with a real fury. After allowing a few to go unpunished, the referee has finally had enough when Krsticic slides in on Bertolacci from behind, and awards th
    • 31'
      Balotellii tries his luck with a venomous strike from the resulting free-kick, but the effort is directed straight into the Sampdoria wall and the face of De Silvestri, who stays on the turf due to the power of the shot, leading to a brief pause in play as he receives some treatment.
    • 33'
      WHAT A SAVE!!! That is an amazing stop by Viviano! We have seen very little of Abate in an attacking sense so far this evening, but the Milan full-back finally manages to get forward down the right and whip in an inviting cross. Ballet connects with a glancing header which finds its way through to h
    • 35'
      The game is really becoming stretched now, with each team taking turns to launch an attack and, conversely, defend. First, De Silvestri drills in a flat cross from the right which, fortunately for Milan, deflects off Alex and trickles into the arms of Dnnarumma. From the resulting counter-attack, Ba
    • 37'
      That’s another poor strike by Balotelli. The Liverpool loanee has looked sharp in his general play so far this evening, but his efforts from three free-kicks right on the edge of Sampdoria’s area have left a lot to be desired, as his latest attempt is drilled straight into the defensive wall.
    • 39'
      Another brief period of pressure from Milan comes to nothing as, after Antonelli’s goal-abound strike was blocked, Bonaventura picked up possession and dinked a pass into the path of Abate. The full-back attempts to hook in a cross on the half-volley, but he gets it terribly wrong and the ball trave
    • 42'
      CHANCE! That was a lovely move by Sampdoria, with Dodo the architect as he weaved his way down the left before slipping a lovely pass into the path of Quagliarella, who cuts back a precise cross towards the onrushing Soriano, but he can’t direct his header on target. The hosts recycle possession how
    • 44'
      GREAT SAVE! More crisp, direct play from Sampdoria, as Quagliarella switches the play with a drifting pass out to De Silvestri, who nudges the ball up into the air in the general direction of Fernando, who waits for it to come down before volleying a rasping effort towards goal, but Donnarumma shows
    • 46'
      Welcome back! We are back up and running in the second half, as Sampdoria get proceedings under way...
    • 48'
      That’s a superb bit of play once again by Dodo, who has put in an impressive display so far, as the youngster combines with Quagliarella before curling in an inviting delivery, but De Silvestri times his run poorly and only manages to foul Romagnoli in his futile attempts to win the header.
    • 50'
      Sloppy play again from Milan as, after knocking it about patiently at the back, Kucka miss-controls and allows Soriano to lodge a quick counter. The ball is swiftly switched out towards De Silvestri but, although he wins the initial header, cannot direct it into the path of a teammate and the half-c
    • 52'
      Well, Balotelli had three chances to hit the target from free-kicks approximately 25 yards from goal in the first half, but he did not manage to hit the target once but, again, he stands over this set-piece, 30 yards out, following a foul by Soriano on Bacca.
    • 53'
      CLOSE! It was a better effort by the ex-Inter forward, who got his strike up and over the wall and past Viviano, but the ball failed to drop under the crossbar.
    • 54'
      SI A. Poli SO A. Bertolacci
    • 54'
      Wasteful! Antonelli does brilliantly to pinch the ball from Alvarez and swiftly play a pass into Bacca, who drives forward at pace in a three-on-two situation in Milan’s favour. However, rather than take the chance on himself, the Colombian looks to switch the play across to Balotelli but he gets hi
    • 55'
      A first change of the game now, as Brocchi blinks first, replacing the ineffective Andrea Bertolacci with Andrea Poli.
    • 56'
      SI J. Correa SO A. Bertolacci
    • 56'
      A second change in quick-succession now, this time for the hosts, as Ricardo Alvarez, who appears to have picked up an injury, limping off. His replacement is Joaquin Correa.
    • 58'
      GREAT DEFENDING! What a header that is by Abate, who takes up a brilliant position at the far post to prevent Dodo getting on the end of a terrific cross from De Sylvestri, who had been played in by Fernando’s sharp, incisive throughball.
    • 60'
      Balotelli played well in the first half, but he is cutting a forlorn and frustrated figure now as he becomes more and more isolated - partly down to a lack of effort on his part, and partly down to poor service from his teammates. He drops deep to finally get involved in Milan’s build-up, and with v
    • 63'
      WHAT A CHANCE! Well, that was a gilt-edged opportunity for Milan, but Bacca has failed to deliver! Kucka did excellently to carve his way through Sampdoria’s midfield and slip a neat pass into Bacca, who had beat the offside trap. His first touch takes him slightly wide, but instead of simply striki
    • 65'
      TOP CLASS! That’s another fine save by Donnarumma to keep the score level, who gets down low to his left to instinctively parry away a snapshot from Quagliarella, who had latched onto a sublime pass by Krsticic.
    • 66'
      SI É. Barreto SO A. Bertolacci
    • 66'
      That great pass into the path of Quagrialla will be the last action for Nenad Krsticic in this game, as he makes way to be replaced by Edgar Barreto.
    • 69'
      CHANCE! Great defending by Silvestre, but Milan should have scored! The visitors counter at pace as Bonaventura pounces onto a loose ball in the centre of midfield, and the suddenly find themselves in a three-on-one situation. The aforementioned Bonaventura has two options to aim for - Balotelli and
    • 71'
      G C. Bacca Assist A. Bertolacci
    • 71'
      GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!! BACCA FIRES MILAN AHEAD! What a finish that is from the former Sevilla man! He missed a golden opportunity a few moments ago, but made no mistake then as he was teed up in the area by Bonaventura before powering a low strike past Viviano and into the bottom-left corner - his 1
    • 71'
      It was good work down the right by Bonaventura to beat his marker and pick out Bacca with a low cross, but a lot of the credit must also go to Kucka, who, after initially conceding possession with a loose pass, won it back with a fantastic tackle on Dodo.
    • 72'
      The Sampdoria players took issue with that tackle by Kucka, however, and believe that the goal should not have stood. Fernando is one of the main instigators of the hosts' protests, and he duly recieves a booking for dissent.
    • 74'
      For his part in that tussle, Lorenzo De Silvestri also picks up a booking.
    • 74'
      A bit of a flashpoint now, as this game heats up once more after Andrea Poli dives in recklessly on De Silvestri, who reacts poorly. The referee is swiftly on the scene to intervene, and brandishes a yellow card in the direction of the Milan substitute.
    • 77'
      The game has taken on a completely different nature now, with the intensity that was present before Milan’s opener having being replaced by niggling fouls and tactics aimed to wind down the clock. It appears that the visitors are also preparing another change, with Jeremy Menez warming up on the tou
    • 80'
      That’s reckless from Bonaventura, as he dives in on Soriano 25 yards from Milan’s goal, providing Fernando with the opportunity to have a strike on goal… However, the eventual effort is a poor one, and sails harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 81'
      SI J. Ménez SO A. Bertolacci
    • 81'
      SI L. Muriel SO A. Bertolacci
    • 81'
      Sampdoria take this opportunity to also make another change, as Soriano is replaced by the more attack-minded Luis Muriel.
    • 81'
      And, indeed, Milan have now made that change, with Menez replacing their goalscorer, Bacca - who took as much time as possible to leave the field of play, to the chagrin of the Sampdoria players and support.
    • 82'
      A yellow card now for Juraj Kucka, for a late lunge on Dodo down on the left wing. Fernando stands over the free-kick...
    • 83'
      CHANCE! What a miss by Diakite! It was a superb delivery from the left wing, which De Silvestri had risen highest to meet in the area but failed to apply a solid connection. The ball continued on it’s flight-path, however, landing at the feet of the former Sunderland defender, but he could not adjus
    • 86'
      There are just under five minutes left in this game now, as Sampdoria try with all their might to press Milan high up the field. However, they have to be careful with so many players on yellow cards, and one of those - De Silvestri - is perhaps lucky to escape a second booking after he dived in on A
    • 88'
      SI K. Boateng SO A. Bertolacci
    • 88'
      A third and final substitution now for Milan, as Bonaventura is replaced by Kevin-Prince Boateng. The former Schalke attacker has been in the news this week, although not for an issue of his own making, after his partner criticised Mihajlovic following the Serbian’s dismissal.
    • 90'
      Sampdoria have played well this evening, but since Bacca’s strike, the game has somewhat drifted away from the hosts. Can they muster one final opportunity to level proceedings, or will Brocchi’s, potentially short-lived, Milan reign get off to a winning start?

    Line Up




    Claudio Ranieri
    Stefano Pioli



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 16 14
    Yellow Cards 3 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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