Sampdoria failed to score in their third consecutive game, as Chievo earned themselves a well deserved point.Sampdoria sorely missed the invention of Antonio Cassano as they drew a blank with Chievo at the Luigi Ferraris stadium. The hosts did have the ball in the net in the first half but Nicola Pozzi was rightly given offside, and it led to the third game in a row in which the blue men from Genoa have failed to score.
Chievo started slowly in both halves but went on to dominate without ever really troubling Gianluca Curci.
Sampdoria started brightly with both Nicola Pozzi and Giampaolo Pazzini working well together upfront for the hosts. Fabrizio Cacciatore whipping in a low cross from the right behind the defence but Pazzini couldn't quite reach it to apply a killer touch.
Chievo themselves were threatening on the break, one touch football cutting open the centre-backs, but Gianluci Curci was alert to come of his line and cover.
Sampdoria were very one dimensional in their play and quite predictable for Chievo. The hosts reliant on getting the ball wide to supply crosses for the front two and as the first-half progressed Chievo became more confident in their defensive duties and started to dominate the blues in terms of possession and attack.
Cyril Thereau and Davide Moscardelli squandered good chances for the visitors, but it was Nicola Pozzi who had the ball in the net for I Blucherchiati but he was correctly ruled offisde as Pazzini headed the forward through on goal.
Stefano Guberti provided the fans with a nearly moment of magic. The midfielder jinking in and out, twisting Gelson Fernandes inside out as he darted into the left side of the area, but his shot curled wide of the far post.
Pazzini finally tested Stefano Sorrentino in Chievo's goal. Turning and running at goal the striker let fly early from just outside the area but the keeper was quickly down to his right to deny the hitman.
Both teams lacked the initiative or creativity to break each other down and to make matters worse for Sampdoria they were reduced to men. Substitute Marco Padalino landed awkwardly on his left ankle and couldn't continue but la Samp had already made all their changes and were forced to play the the remaining minutes with ten men.
A disappointing game was summed up at the death by a scrap of Sampdoria defenders failing to clear the ball sprawled on the floor, with Chievo's forwards unable to react.
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