Sampdoria maintained their 100 per cent record so far this season as Daniele Gastaldello gave away a penalty and made up for it with the winner against Siena.
The Blucerchiati returned to Marassi brimming with enthusiasm after their shock 1-0 win over Milan at San Siro. The newly-promoted side were still without Juan Antonio and Da Costa, but welcomed back Maxi Lopez to the starting XI with new buy Enzo Maresca. Siena had a tough start to this season, beginning from -6 points due to the betting scandal, held 0-0 at home by Torino and missing the injured Francesco Bolzoni. They had deadline day arrival Ze Eduardo partnering Emanuele Calaio.
In the opening minutes a well-worked move concluded with Eder’s volley beaten away by Gianluca Pegolo. Maxi Lopez then won back possession and rolled across for Eder, who had the first attempt charged down by Pegolo and the follow-up over the bar.
Maxi Lopez had the ball in the net, but only after play had been halted for a foul. Pegolo also smothered a screamer from Marcelo Estigarribia.
Siena had their first real chance on 33 minutes when Sergio Romero was at full stretch to parry Cristian Del Grosso’s rocket.
Sampdoria did finally get the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time with Maxi Lopez’s first goal for the club. The Argentine chested down a throw-in with his back to goal, spun round his marker and placed a precise angled drive into the far bottom corner.
Eder’s free kick was deflected off the wall and thumped the base of the upright on 57 minutes.
Daniele Gastaldello brought down Emanuele Calaio with a completely mistimed and rather wild challenge. Calaio got back up to take the penalty, but hit the upright! Siena still equalised, as Simone Vergassola tapped in the rebound.
Samp restored their advantage, as Gastaldello made up for the terrible tackle by nodding in Pedro Obiang’s cross from a corner.
Alessandro Rosina made his Siena debut, but Dias Felipe Dal Bello received his second yellow card for a late challenge on Maxi Lopez.
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Missed penalty: Calaio 62 (Si)
Sent off: Felipe Dal Bello 82 (Si)