Final score

26 September 2009 18:00

27' (2nd half) Pazzini
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Lanciano, Rossomando / Fourth official: Mazzoleni
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46' Ziegler tests Julio Cesar with a low shot.
46' Ziegler again. The Geneva-born midfielder sends in a fast cross - blocked and blasted to safety by Cambiasso.
46' It's nil-nil at half time. Scoring chances have been about as rare as a Genoa restaurant that doesn't serve pesto.
45' One minute of added time at the Luigi Ferraris.
39' Cassano is deservedly booked for diving over Lucio's outstretched foot on his way into our penalty box. Elsewhere, that might have been a red.
35' Castellazzi moves quickly off his line to beat Vieira to Eto'o's deft through ball.
35' Lucchini is shown a yellow card for a foul on Balotelli just before Eto'o's pass.
30' And a chance at the other end for Diego Milito. Il Principe glides past three players in the box but his shot is straight at Castellazzi.
28' A chance for the hosts after the resulting corner, but Palombo totally fluffs his shot in the area.
27' Samp win a free kick and Stankevicius aims for the far post. Maicon makes an aerial interception to deny Pazzini.
25' Samp captain Palombo is booked for a foul on Balotelli.
23' Good chance for Inter. Cambiasso plays through to Milito but the angle is too tight for a shot. From the byline Diego pulls back to Esteban who rifles on target. Castellazzi saves.
22' Mario Balotelli sends a long-range shot on target. His right-footed effort is saved by Castellazzi.
18' Maicon looks for Milito with a long throw. Lucchini intercepts and heads behind for a corner. Balotelli swings in his cross from the flag and Gastaldello makes the clearance for Samp.
12' Another inch-perfect pass for Milito by Eto'o. The Argentine is closed down by Gastaldello on the byline. Nothing comes of Balotelli's corner.
8' Poli receives Ziegler's left-wing cross in a central position 20 yards from goal and slices wide.
6' Eto'o serves Milito with a through ball but Samp defender Lucchini makes a timely interception.
1' Here we go then with our last Serie A match before our journey into uncharted territory for Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 2 clash in Kazan in the Tatarstan Republic of Russia.
1' Mourinho has changed tactics for today's match against the Blucerchiati. It's 4-3-3 with Balotelli joining Milito and Eto'o in attack and Vieira alongside Zanetti and Cambiasso in midfield. Santon comes in for Chivu at left-back.
1' Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 3 Ziegler, 6 Lucchini, 28 Gastaldello, 7 Mannini; 23 Stankevicius, 17 Palombo, 16 Poli; 11 Bellucci, 10 Pazzini, 99 Cassano.<br> Subs: 21 Guardalben, 8 Zauri, 9 Pozzi, 12 Tissone, 13 Rossi, 19 Franceschini, 22 Cacciatore.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 14 Vieira, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 45 Balotelli, 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 5 Stankovic, 7 Quaresma, 18 Suazo, 26 Chivu, 30 Mancini.
1' The match will begin after a minute's silence to remember former Sampdoria president Enzo Garufi, who died this week.
1' Inter kick off.
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Sampdoria beat Inter 1-0 and go top of the table ahead of Sunday's matches.
46' Lucio looks for an injury-time winner with a fiercely struck 30-yard free kick, but Castellazzi gets down to make a terrific save.
45' Eto'o unleashes a fierce drive from distance. It's blocked by Lucchini.
45' Four minutes of overtime.
43' Zauri blocks and clears Maicon cross as the Nerazzurri launch an all-out on the Samp goal.
38' Inter have a goal disallowed. A corner is cleared as far as Quaresma and the Portuguese shoots on goal from 20 yards. It goes in off Lucio, who is flagged offside.
36' Franceschini comes on for Mannini.
34' Eto'o swivels just outside the area and lets rip a stinging shot that flies over the bar.
33' Gastaldello gets a yellow for a foul on Eto'o.
28' Quaresma replaces Cambiasso.
27' Milito sets up Eto'o with an acrobatic back-heeled pull-back and the Cameroonian rifles just wide of the post.
27' GOAL. Palombo plays square to Mannini who serves Pazzini in the box and the Samp striker slides past Julio Cesar from close range. SAMPDORIA 1-0 INTER.
24' Del Neri makes his second change with Zauri replacing Bellucci.
20' Sampdoria bring on Tissone for Poli.
19' Cassano serves Mannini with a deft touch and the Samp number 7 crosses for Pazzini who slides in but fails to connect. A chance wasted.
17' And Cristian Chivu replaces Mario Balotelli.
16' Dejan Stankovic comes on for Patrick Vieira.
15' Balotelli outjumps Mannini in the Samp box and heads wide Maicon's inswinging cross from the right.
13' Another deflected shot - in our area. Pazzini's angled drive spins off Maicon and goes out for a corner.
12' Maicon is booked for a foul on Cassano.
11' Castellazzi makes a reflex block from Balotelli's deflected 20-yard shot. Milito slips before he can reach the loose ball.
6' Milito controls a lofted pass in the box but Gastaldello tackles the Argentine before he can shoot.
2' Palombo tackles Balotelli in his own area and Milito pounces on the loose clearance before firing across the face of goal.
1' Sampdoria kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.55
2 shots on target 3
2 shots off target 6
13 fouls committed 18
3 corners 7
1 offsides 3
22:21 ball possession 24:15
Del Neri v Mourinho

Last season's league meetings between the two coaches yielded a home win apiece.

2008/09 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 3-1 3-4

Del Neri v Inter

The current Sampdoria coach faces Inter for the 16th time after 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats. His teams have conceded in all 8 home matches against the Nerazzurri, for a total of 15 goals let in.

2001/02 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-2 2-1
2002/03 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-2 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Roma-Inter 3-3 0-2
2005/06 Serie A Palermo-Inter 3-2 0-3
2006/07 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-2 ----
2007/08 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 0-2 1-2
2008/09 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 3-1 3-4

Mourinho v Sampdoria

José Mourinho faces Sampdoria for the fifth time after last season's league and cup meetings, in which he collected two wins at home, and a draw and a defeat in Genoa.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 1-1 2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 0-3

Padalino, Mannini match personal records

With 2 and 3 goals after 5 rounds of 2009/10 Serie A matches, Sampdoria's Marco Padalino and Daniele Mannini have equalled personal scoring records. The Swiss midfielder also scored twice for Piacenza in the 2005/06 and 2007/08 Serie B seasons, while Mannini has matched his top-flight tally for Brescia in 2004/05.

Samp unbeaten, on target in last 11 home games

The Blucerchiati have won 7 home matches and drawn 4 since their last home defeat, a 1-0 UEFA Cup loss to Metallist Kharkov on 18 February 2009. They have scored in all 11 games for a total of 33 goals.

Bitter-sweet memories for Mourinho

José Mourinho returns to the stadium where he made his coaching debut in Italy. On the opening day of the 2008/09 Serie A season on 30 August 2008 the Portuguese began his Inter career with a 1-1 draw with Sampdoria. The Stadio Luigi Ferraris is also the place where Mourinho suffered his heaviest defeat since taking over at Inter. On 4 March 2009 his Nerazzurri outfit lost 3-0 to Samp in the first leg of their 2008/09 Tim Cup semi-final tie.

Samuel poised to make 200th Serie A appearance

Walter Adrian Samuel is one match short of his 200th appearance in Italy's Serie A. The Argentine defender, who played for Roma before joining Inter, made his Serie A debut in Roma 2-0 Bologna on 1 October 2000.

Milito, Stankovic and goals against Castellazzi

Diego Milito and Dejan Stankovic count Sampdoria goalkeeper Castellazzi among their favourite targets. The Argentine striker has scored 4 goals in games against the Samp custodian (he has netted the same number against Campagnolo and Pantanelli), while the Serbian midfielder has scored 3. Stankovic has also scored 3 goals in games against Ballotta, Dida, Ferron, Frey and Strakosha.

Inter close to 100th away goal against Samp

The Nerazzurri are three away from a century of goals in away matches against Sampdoria. Campatelli scored the first and fifth of Inter's 97 goals against the Blucerchiati in the 53rd and 86th minutes of their 5-1 Serie A victory on 6 July 1947.

wins(30) draws(22) defeats(13)

GENOA - Sampdoria sent Inter to their first defeat of the 2009/10 season, Giampaolo Pazzini doing the damage midway through the second half as the Blucerchiati extended their unbeaten home run to twelve matches.

It was going to take something special to decide this highly tactical affair at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, and the Italian striker finished off a clinical move in the 72nd minute to put his team on top of the Serie A table ahead of Sunday's matches.

José Mourinho named Mario Balotelli in the starting lineup for the first time this season, with Vieira slotting in at right midfield alongside Zanetti and Cambiasso as Inter changed formation after Wednesday's home win over Napoli.

His Sampdoria counterpart Luigi Del Neri made four changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Fiorentina in midweek, bringing in Ziegler, Lucchini, Poli and Bellucci.

Balotelli made a lively start and our first shot on target came from his right foot in the 22nd minute. Castellazzi saved it and the Sampdoria keeper was kept busy a minute later when Cambiasso shot low on goal after combining with Milito.

Il Principe, back at his old stadium for the first time since his summer switch from Genoa, carved out a chance for himself on the half hour but shot straight at Castellazzi after ghosting past three opponents.

Sampdoria's best chance of the first half fell to Ziegler in stoppage time. The Swiss midfielder fired a right-footed shot on target but Julio Cesar said no with a punched save.

Both coaches stuck with their starting XIs after the restart and the match remained tactical with both sides playing compact football - Balotelli's shot deflected off Gastadello and Pazzini's shot wide via Maicon the only chances of the opening period.

A tight game called for changes and Mourinho brought off Balotelli and Vieira, replacing them with Stankovic and Chivu who offered the Nerazzurri more thrust in midfield.

Spotting his team under pressure, Del Neri replied with Tissone for Poli and Zauri for Bellucci. Samp reorganised quickly and took the lead from a swift move that caught the Inter defence by surprise. Palombo's low pass into the box found Mannini, who set up Pazzini to slot past Julio Cesar.

Quaresma for Cambiasso was Mourinho's reply and the Portuguese winger almost celebrated his 26th birthday by salvaging a point in the closing stages. He pounced on a loose ball after a corner was cleared and saw his shot diverted in off Lucio, only for the Brazilian to be flagged offside.

Lucio could have equalised in time added on but Castellazzi made the save of the match to keep out his fierce curling free kick.

Sampdoria 1-0 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Pazzini 72.

Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 3 Ziegler, 6 Lucchini, 28 Gastaldello; 7 Mannini (19 Franceschini 81), 23 Stankevicius, 17 Palombo, 16 Poli (12 Tissone 65); 11 Bellucci (8 Zauri 69), 10 Pazzini, 99 Cassano.

Subs not used
: 21 Guardalben, 9 Pozzi, 13 Rossi, 22 Cacciatore.
: Luigi Del Neri.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 14 Vieira (5 Stankovic 61), 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (7 Quaresma 73), 4 Zanetti; 45 Balotelli (26 Chivu 62), 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 18 Suazo, 30 Mancini.

: José Mourinho.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Palombo 25, Lucchini 35, Cassano 39, Maicon 57, Gastaldello 78.

starting lineups

Castellazzi 12 Julio Cesar
Ziegler 13 Maicon
Lucchini 6 Lucio
Gastaldello 39 Santon
Mannini 25 Samuel
Stankevicius 14 Vieira
Palombo 19 Cambiasso
Poli 4 Zanetti
Bellucci 45 Balotelli
Pazzini 22 Milito
Cassano 9 Eto'o


Guardalben 1 Toldo
Zauri 2 Cordoba
Pozzi 5 Stankovic
Tissone 7 Quaresma
M. Rossi 18 Suazo
Franceschini 26 Chivu
Cacciatore 30 Mancini