Sampdoria vs. AC Milan, Final Score 0-0: Blucerchiati hold Rossoneri for a valuable point

Valerio Pennicino

Sampdoria and Milan played out a 0-0 draw, providing Sampdoria with a valuable point in their battle against relegation.

Sampdoria held Milan to a goalless draw at the Luigi Ferraris, with neither side really deserving of a victory.

Sampdoria came charging out of the blocks, completely dominating the opening exchanges of the match. The first opportunity fell to Lorenzo Di Silvestri, his powerful drive forcing a save out of Christian Abbiati.

Milan managed to string some passes together, culminating in a weak Bojan effort that was straight into the arms of Sergio Romero however Sampdoria retook the initiative, Andrea Poli's curling effort forcing a good save out of Abbiati. Samp were getting to every ball first and poured forwards with thrust and purpose whilst Milan looked sloppy, giving the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions.

Eder hit a fizzing free kick from 25 yards that Abbiati had to be on his toes to keep out, the ball moving in the air and Daniele Gastaldello slipped away from his marker at a corner, his header however, missing the target.

Thereafter, Milan began to settle down and were able to keep the ball for meaningful periods. The problem was that they were struggling to get Mbaye Niang and Stephen El-Shaarawy involved, with Bojan Krkic the only man in the front three to establish himself on the match, a couple of good touches creating space for his shot which flew over the bar.

Milan began the second half the brighter side and Niang finally showed his pace, bursting into the box and hitting a cross-shot that Romero felt the need to deal with.

Sampdoria came close as Cristian Zapata deflected Marcelo Estigarribia's shot with his head which nearly looped in.

Milan were then gifted with their best opportunity of the match, Niang's low cross from the byeline on the right hand side finding Bojan. The Spaniard's flick was saved by Romero but the rebound came to Kevin-Prince Boateng, his shot from a near-impossible angle hitting the target but a recovering Romero managed to keep it out.

Estigarribia stung Abbiati's palms once again with a curling strike after cutting in from the right and soon after Sampdoria were rewarded with their best chance. Andrea Poli threaded Mauro Icardi in behind the Milan defence but with only Abbiati to beat, his shot slid just wide.

Thereafter, although Milan had the best of the possession, neither side was really able to carve out a decent opening, Philippe Mexes heading straight at Romero and Boateng heading wide right at the death after an intelligent free kick routine.

In the end, the points were deservedly shared, neither side could make many clear cut chances and despite Milan dominating possession for long periods, Sampdoria's start meant they were worthy of the draw.

Sampdoria: Romero; Gastaldello, Costa, Palombo; Poli (Tissone 79), Obiang, Krsticic (Mustafi 88), Estigarribia (Soriano 71), De Silvestri; Icardi, Eder

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Constant, Mexes, Zapata; Ambrosini (Flamini 26), Montolivo, Boateng; Niang, Bojan (Nocerino 87), El-Shaarawy (Robinho 67)

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