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Serie A Matchweek 16 report: Candreva and Keita stun Inter as Sampdoria grab hard-fought win (2-1)

Two first half goals through Antonio Candreva and Balde Keita gave Sampdoria a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Inter on Wednesday afternoon. The visitors pulled one back through Stefan de Vrij after the break, but failed to turn the game around.

Inter started off better, with Ashley Young and Milan Skriniar wasting one chance each before Sampdoria gave away a penalty.

Alexis Sanchez stepped up and failed to beat Emil Audero, who produced a wonderful save to deny the Chilean forward, with Young hitting the post after pouncing on the rebound.

Lorenzo Tonelli's header crashed against the crossbar for Sampdoria, who managed to take the lead midway through the first half when Inter loanee Candreva converted from the spot.

Mikkel Damsgaard teed up Keita to double Sampdoria's lead before half time and Samir Handanovic denied Jakub Jankto after the interval to prevent the home side from scoring a third.

Then, Inter pulled one back through De Vrij as he outjumped Sampdoria's defence and headed home from a corner kick.

Neither Romelu Lukaku nor Lautaro Martinez managed to beat Audero in the remaining minutes, while Ivan Perisic's header from a corner went just wide.

The visitors piled the pressure on Sampdoria, but failed to break down their low block and succumbed to their third defeat this season.

Following their loss, Inter remain in second place in the Serie A table, one point adrift of AC Milan, who have one game in hand. Sampdoria, meanwhile, are 11th after having mustered 20 points so far.

Source: Marca / Panos Kostopulos

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