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October 24, 2010
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 56415
S. Eto'o 80'
S. Guberti 62'
90' + 6'
Yellow Card Luciano Zauri
90' + 6'
Zauri is booked for a rash challenge, and the referee blows his whistle for full-time. Inter 1-1 Sampdoria. Goals from Guberti and Eto'o sees the points shared. From the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, hope you have enjoyed Goal.com's coverage of the match. Good evening.
90' + 4'
Cassano earns a free-kick for his side, as Obi makes a late challenge. Only one person is in the middle, waiting for a cross, but the Italy international passes it to Marilungo, and plays on.
90' + 4'
Pazzini had a wonderful chance to score, as he brings down a Koman cross, but he cannot direct his shot into the goal. Still goalless this season.
90' + 3'
Pandev flicks a pass over the defence for Obi, who squares it to Cambiasso, but he blasts over.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Andrea Poli
90' + 1'
Zanetti looks to play a ball into the middle for Pandev, but it does not reach him, gotten away by Gastadello.
Five minutes of added time to be played.
Sneijder floats it in, and Maicon nods it over the crossbar...SOO CLOSE.
Free-kick to Inter on the edge of the area, near the byeline. What can Sneijder do with it? But before he takes it, Coutinho off, Obi on.
Marilungo has great vision to see Koman in space on the left, but it is a wasted chance, as the Hungarian fires over the crossbar.
Lucio's shot is powerful, but just wide. Had Da Costa at full stretch.
Yellow Card Giampaolo Pazzini
Pandev almost gave his side the lead, as Cambiasso's flick over the defence saw a rush of players push forward, but Da Costa came out and got it away with his knee to a team-mate, who booted it away.
Yellow Card Angelo Da Costa
Eto'o wants a corner despite the ref awarding a goal kick. And Da Costa is shown a yellow card for time wasting.
Assist Philippe Coutinho
Goal Samuel Eto'o
GOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Samuel Eto' equalises for the home side. Coutinho's fantastic pass into the six-yard box was snapped up by Eto'o, who heads home past Da Costa. 1-1.
Angelo Da Costa
Curci is not well enough to continue, and Da Costa comes on.
Eto'o's delivery into the middle sees Curci lunging at full-stretch to stop it, but he has hurt himself in the process. He is receiving treatment to his leg.
Chivu with the shot from in front, but there are two Samp defenders in front of him.
Another chance gone for the home side, as the Nerazzurri had Sampdoria peddling backwards, but Coutinho's shot rebounds into the air and a simple catch by Curci is taken on the second attempt, as he dropped the wet ball.
Maicon flicks a pass on for Cotuinho, who has come across to the right, but the ball runs too far ahead.
Marilungo on, Guberti off.
What a chance for Inter! Both Coutinho and Sneijder miss and they could have equalised. The Brazilian set up the chance as Pandev returned his pass in space, but his left-foot shot was parried only as far as the Dutchman, whoe shot was blasted over the bar.
Koman tried to find Cassano ahead, but his pass meant the striker was in an offside position. But the ref lets play go ahead, as Samuel had won the ball.
Poli on, TIssone off.
Sneijder looks to deliver a ball at the far post, but no one is there.
The lead was almost given up just as fast as it was scored, as a shot from Coutinho bobbled up, as Curci could not take it, but Eto'o and Cambiasso were both there to pounce on it.
Biabiany off, Pandev on. The Frenchman seems to have an injury.
Assist Antonio Cassano
Goal Stefano Guberti
GOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL Stefano Guberti has scored! Cassano dubiously got the ball off Chivu, who went down. His cross was pinpoint accurate for the winger, whose volley comes off Cesar and rebounds into the back of the net.
What a flick by Eto'o to the advancing Sneijder on the left wing. As he steams forward, the Dutchman tries to repay the favour, but the ref has seen a foul by the striker.
Goal line clearance by Zauri on Maicon's shot, as Curci goes down in pain, clutching his back. Coutinho spots his team-mate at the back post, who controls the ball down and fires a shot, but Zauri stops the deadlock from being broken.
Free-kick to Inter, and a variation is tried, as Sneijder rolls a ball out to Cambiasso, who squares it for Chivu, and the Romanian thunders a shot over the crossbar.
Pazzini almost creates a chance out of nothing, as a long pass finds the striker, but Lucio closes him down and gets the ball away.
Cambiasso and Sneijder combine for some one-touch passing, looking for Biabiany, but the Frenchman loses his footing at the crucial time.
Coutinho frees himself from Volta, creating some space directly in front of goal, but cannot get a lot of power behind it, and Curci claims it.
Palombo looks to thread a pass through for the advancing Cassano, but it is hit too hard.
Ziegler's flat cross for Pazzini was too far ahead of him, and Julio Cesar claims with ease.
Sneijder whips in a ball looking for either Eto'o or Biabiany, but neither can get their head to it.
Cassano switches play to Koman, who controls the ball with his chest well, but his low ball into the middle sees nobody there.
Here we go in the second half.
And here come the players back from the dressing rooms. Play will get under way shortly.
45' + 1'
And that is it for the first-half. 0-0 so far, but both sides have had their chances to score. Come back in 15 minutes for the second half.
Yellow Card Massimo Volta
Lucio is on the end of a hard challenge, and falls to the ground holding his calf. The referee gives a stern word to Cassano, as the fourth official says only one minute stoppage time to be played.
Volta is shown the yellow card for his foul on Sneijder.
Wonderful incisive pass by Koman to find Palombo making the overlapping run, who looks to find Cassano in the middle, but he is well guarded.
Sneijder switches play to Maicon on the right, who brings it into the middle to Eto'o. He lays it off for Sneijder, but his attempted shot is well-taken by Eto'o again on his foot. He sees Coutinho making the run and lays it off for the Brazilian, but he can only send the ball into the 'keeper's hands.
Corner to Inter, with five minutes left in this first half.
Guberti's shot is reflected off an Inter defender and out for a corner. What can Samp do? Cassano chooses to pass it to Guberti, but his cross is cleared away. Coutinho is on the end of it, and a counterattack occurs, as he burst forward.
Zauri is now getting some treatment on his lower leg. He is forced off the field for the moment.
Eto'o looks to take on Zauri on the left, by flicking a ball over the defender, but he reaches and headers away.
A chance gone begging for Inter to take the lead, as Coutinho's run into the box allows his to have a shot, but Curci parries it only as far as Eto'o, whose turn and shot hits the side netting.
Pazzini almost ended his goalscoring drought, as he had no right to get on the end of the move. Cassano's cross went to Guberti at the back post, who squares it for Pazzini, but as he was shooting, he slips and falls.
Cambiasso tries to be a little tricky, and flick a pass over the Sam defence for the advancing Eto'o, but it is too long.
Maicon's ball into the middle is to no one, but only Volta can head it away. Chivu gets onto the end of the loose pass, and counter crosses, it but Curci claims it at full stretch.
Sampdoria have a rare moment of possession, and Lucio gives away a foul on Cassano, for making an illegal tackle on the Italy international. Taken quickly, the Blucerchiati are not able to capitalise on it, as Tissone gives it away.
Another bit of wonderful build-up play, which started with Chivu on the left not giving up on a loose pass, eventually switching it to Maicon on the opposite side via Sneijder. The Brazilian crosses it in, but Volta's touch was just enough to get it away from the rising Eto'o.
Zielger bowls over Eto'o on the right, and Inter take it quickly, with Maicon swinging a ball into the middle from the right, but no one is on the end of it.
Palombo tries to launch Cassano with a perfectly-weighted long ball, but Lucio's headed pass to Cesar was in the nick of time.
Maicon's early ball from the right is too long for Biabiany in the middle, but Coutinho almost got on the end of it at the back post.
A barnstorming run by Lucio sees his shot run across goal, but Gastadello almost puts in the back of his own net, as the deflection/clearance nearly went in.
Eto'o is double-teamed by the defence upon entering the penalty area, but spots Sneijder to his right, who squares it off to Coutinho, but he cannot turn his way on goal and shoot.
The home side are happy to maintain possession, switching from one wing to the other and even pushing the ball back towards the half-way line. No gaps seem to be appearing in the Samp defence.
A quarter of an hour gone, and the same is still 0-0, Inter look the more aggressive, but have been unlucky in front of goal.
Sneijder's first-touch almost allowed the surging Cambiasso to come through and get a left-foot shot through, but he is well guarded by the Samp defence, as they scrappily get the ball away.
Eto;o is closely watched by Volta, who goes to ground whilst the Cameroonian is about to shoot, and blocks it away for a corner.
Here comes Samp on the counter, through Koman, who sees Cassano pressing forward. His turn and shot...over the bar.
Biabiany is brought down on the right wing for a free-kick. Sneijder whips in a dangerous cross, but none of the Inter players can get their head on the ball. oUpon the ball coming out, Coutinho is on the end of it, and flicks a pass over the defence, but Lucio cannot time his volley.
Maicon beats Ziegler, and cuts a pass into Sneijder, who looks to advance it to Eto'o, but is closed down and the attack stopped.
Wonderful build-p play by Sampdoria sees the ball shift from the left flank to the right, then move back into the middle to Tissone, who sees Guberti making a run on the right. He chooses to shoot, as he is allowed time and space, but it goes over the crossbar.
Maicon and Eto'o exchange passes down the right, looking to open up the Samp defence, and almost do, but Gastadello positions himself well to stop the move from getting a shot on goal.
Quick touches between Eto'o and Sneijder sees the Dutch star fire an early shot on Curci, but he stops it easily.
Samuel slipped and almost allowed Antonio Cassano to run onto an Angelo Palombo long pass, but Julio Cesar was around to stop the danger.
The referee blows his whistle to get us under way in this drizzling encounter.
The match is set to start in 10 minutes, so stay tuned.
Both teams had one-goal victories last week, and will want to gain another three points, to stay in charge with league-leaders Lazio.
Hello and welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza stadium for the match against Inter and Sampdoria.
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