Serie A Week 3 - 16 Sep 2012 (14.00 UK)
2 - 3 Sampdoria
Maxi Lopez 31, 76 (S), Estigarribia 60 (S), Celik 75 (P), Caprari 90 (P)
Stadio Adriatico

Pescara were very unlucky, hitting the woodwork twice and wasting numerous chances, but Sampdoria snatched a 3-2 victory at the Stadio Adriatico.

These sides were both promoted from Serie B over the summer, but have had very different starts to the season. Samp shocked with a 100 per cent record after beating Milan and Siena, while the Delfini had lost 3-0 to both Inter and Torino. Cristian Terlizzi was suspended for the home side with Romagnoli injured, but Croatian striker Ante Vukusic given his first Serie A start. The Blucerchiati missed Juan Antonio and goalkeeper Sergio Romero, so Tommaso Berni was given the gloves.

In the opening minute Vladimir Weiss tested Berni from distance and Vukusic went even closer, as his screamer cracked against the crossbar! The Croat burst between two defenders and thumped the half-volley on to the woodwork.

Andrea Poli limped off for Samp and Berni risked giving away a howler when Vukusic tried to pinch the ball from his feet.

Despite a dismal start, it was Sampdoria who broke the deadlock when Maxi Lopez sprung the offside trap with their first real chance. Damiano Zanon was keeping everyone in play when Eder burst through on to Pedro Obiang’s pass and rolled across for an unmarked Maxi Lopez.

Pescara were very unlucky, as they hit the bar for the second time when Vukusic curled over a surprised goalkeeper only to find the frame of the goal at the dawn of the second half.

Weiss skipped past two tackles to fire inches over the bar, but once again Sampdoria got the goals while Pescara played the football.

Former Juventus winger Marcelo Estigarribia surprised the Delfini defence to net with an angled drive, beating Matteo Perin to double Sampdoria’s lead.

Pescara did finally get their first Serie A goal of the season when substitute Mervan Celik was sent through by Quintero and rolled a precise daisy-cutter into the far bottom corner from just inside the area. It was a debut Serie A goal for the Swedish Under-21 international.

However, it lasted just 60 seconds before Maxi Lopez ran on to a through ball and placed the angled drive across the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Ex-Roma man Caprari again pulled Pescara back into the game in the final minute with an absolute rocket into the top corner that Berni could do nothing about.

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: Perin; Zanon (Caprari 60), Cosic, Capuano, Modesto; Colucci, Cascione; Balzano, Quintero, Weiss (Celik 71); Vukusic (Abbruscato 81)
Sampdoria: Berni; Berardi, Gastaldello, Rossini, Costa (Castellini 67); Obiang, Maresca, Poli (Soriano 23); Estigarribia, Eder (Krsticic 52), Maxi Lopez
Ref: Pinzani