Although Sampdoria played well for much of the match, it's Inter Milan who leave the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with three points thanks mostly to an excellent second half free kick courtesy of Wesley Sneijder. The home side will feel hugely unlucky not to have scored, especially in the first half where they have numerous chances to turn the ball home, hitting the post on one occasion. Inter neither defended nor attacked particularly well, but once they grabbed their lead they did a brilliant job of drawing their hosts into the attack and stinging them on the counter.
In the last three minutes of the game, Eto'o had no less than three clear chances to put another goal past Gianluca Curci, and after a pair of fine saves from Sampdoria's goalkeeper finally snatched Inter's second goal, putting the team 2-0 up in the 94th minute. The home side had no chance to reply.
The win pumps Inter Milan to second place, leapfrogging Napoli and closing to within two points of leaders AC Milan. With Milan hosting Napoli at the San Siro on Monday, getting a strong result was crucial to Leonardo's side. Meanwhile, Sampdoria remain in 14th place in the Serie A table.