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Sampdoria 2014

Our 1st ever Sampdoria Football Aid Italia match took place at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sun 24th May at 11am and was a huge success. The format of the game was Sampdoria (Home) vs Sampdoria (Away) and the extremely close match lived up to it's billing with some great goals and plenty of action besides. In the end the Sampdoria (Home) team ran out winners 3-2 after a fantastic late goal from their Legend Francesco Flachi. However all the Blucerchiati fans involved could be proud of their performances in front of the enthusiastic tifosi in the Marassi stands.

Date: Sunday 25th May 2014
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferarris
Sampdoria (Home) vs Sampdoria (Away)
Kick off: 11:00 am
Legends: Francesco Flachi (Home) and Fabio Bazzani (Away)
Managers: Paolo Tuttino (Home) and Enrico Nicolini (Away)

It was another fantastic warm day in Genoa and the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was bathed in sunshine as the Sampdoria players marched onto the pitch. After lining up side by side and passionately singing their club anthem, the players all shook hands and prepared themselves for kick off.

The game certainly started with a bang and after just 5 mins the Home side were in the lead! Massimiliano Pasquali did extremely well to chase down a back pass and charge down Away goalkeeper James Philpott's clearance and he followed up well to fire the ball home and give his side any early lead (1-0).

However the Away side responded well and their No 8 Roberto Nicora evened the scores with a great lob after 25 mins (1-1).

The Away side were on top at this stage and they took the lead soon afterwards when their No 6 Massimiliano Vulpani forced home from close range after 30 mins (1-2).

With both defences on top that was to be the last of the scoring in the opening period and Manager Enrico Nicolini's Away team went into the break with a narrow 1 goal advantage.

Half Time: Sampdoria (Home) 1 - 2 Sampdoria (Away)

After a rousing team talk from their Manager Paolo Tuttino at half time the Home side came back out determined to get back into the match quickly and they certainly did that, scoring an equaliser just 5 mins after the break. Sampdoria Legend Francesco Flachi brilliantly set up Massimiliano Pasquali and the Home No 11 finished well to score his 2nd of the game and even things up (2-2).

It was a tight and tense affair for the remainder of the match, with the quality of both sides evident. However there had to be a winner and it was the Sampdoria Home team that were to take the honours after Legend Francesco Flachi broke the deadlock on 82 mins with a fantastic lob to seal the win for his team (3-2)!

That was how the game ended and the referee's whistle brought the game to an end soon afterwards. The match itself was a tight and tense affair which was only decided by a moment of magic from the former Samp great, but regardless of the outcome both sets of players had evidently enjoyed the occasion immensely and wore broad smiles on their faces when they left the pitch at full time.

Full Time: Sampdoria (Home) 3 - 2 Sampdoria (Away)

Home Team: Nicolai Knechtlin, Andrea Massari, Francesco Flachi, Guido Nicolo Dessi, Alessandro Fasciolo, Alessandro Selmi, Pierangelo Basso, Iacopo Basso, Carlo Casalone, Fabio Sanguineti, Massimiliano Pasquali, Cafferata Valter, Fabio Provini, Pietro Gambarotto
Home Manager: Paolo Tuttino
Home Mascot: Francesco Selmi

Away Team: James Philpott, Loris Ravettino, Fabio Bazzani, Andrew Lumsden, giulio carbone, Massimiliano Vulpani, Pippo Villata, Roberto Nicora, Luca Racugno, Stefano Sitia, Chris Idun, Robert Fullam, Alessio Massa, Marco Castagneto, Jeremy Fullam, Marco Balbi, Luca Lavoratti
Away Manager: Enrico Nicolini