Sampdoria down and out in Ukraine

09:11, 27 February 2009
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Sampdoria lost to Ukrainian side Metalist...

Two goals in the first half were Sampdoria`s undoing, as they were missing too many key players to overturn the first-leg deficit, Goal.com reported.

Walter Mazzarri’s men knew they had to attack in this one because of the one goal deficit from the first leg. They were without Antonio Cassano and Gianpoaolo Pazzini, so Claudio Bellucci and youngster Guido Marilungo played in attack.

The home side had a great advantage going into the match and played a similar side as it the first leg, but with a more attacking formation.

Samp started well in the freezing conditions, with Marilungo`s shot forcing the home side’s keeper into his first save after nine minutes. It looked as if the Blucerchiati were not going to go down without a fight.

Bellucci then set up Daniele Dessena, but the midfileder’s touch let him down.

The home side were not going to let Sampdoria get away with this kind of domination, and they woke up on 23 mintues when Jaja, hit the side-netting.

There was a lot of long balls being sprayed upfield because the cold made the pitch hard, and a passing game was difficult.

The home side’s struck the first blow when Serhiy Valyayev scored right on the half hour mark.

A slight lapse in concentration at the back allowed the scorer to combine with Jaja and find his way into the area, Antonio Mirante, who played instead of Luca Castellazzi was left with no chance, as the shot flew in past him.

Mazzarri’s men had to react, Bellucci almost gave them hope when he won a 50/50 ball and made it into the box before the Ukrainian defence closed him down.

 Metalist scored again minutes later however, virtually sealing the Italian side’s fate before the break.

Jaja, also known as Coelho, produced an individual piece of brilliance and his free kick from 20 metres proved unstoppable.

It must have been dreary in Sampdoria’s dressing room at half-time as they had a mountain to climb in freezing conditions.

It was always going to be hard for Mazzarri to motivate his men for the second half, Bellucci was the only one who really seemed up for the fight, but alone, without Cassano’s magic, he could only make himself half chances.

Metalist nearly made in three after 55 minutes, but Denys Oliynyk’s cross was well defended by Daniele Gastaldello.

Marilungo was given the start tonight but failed to rise to the occasion although he did managed to go on a good run from the left, but as soon as he got in the box he was stopped by Milan Obradovic.

The home side were able to sit back, but the night was summed up for the away side when, Marco Padalino put in a beautiful cross on 71 minutes, and there was no one in the box to meet it.

 The Italian seemed to give up and they did not have anyone on the bench who could change their attitude.

Marilungo did keep fighting and he was close to scoring on several occasions, but one got the feeling that Metalist knew they could afford to lose one goal.

The Blucerchiati’s last real chance came after 77 minutes when the away side’s keeper came out badly to collect a corner, but Hugo Campagnaro headed wide.

Sampdoria were out of this one early, and they produced nothing that said they did not deserve their elimination as their UEFA Cup adventure is over.

Goal.com

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