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Pazzini strike stuns Inter

SAMPDORIA sank champion Inter Milan 1-0 with a second-half Giampaolo Pazzini goal to go top of the Italian Serie A on Saturday.

The forward side-footed in a Daniele Mannini cross in the 72nd minute after a slip-up by Inter full back Davide Santon to give the Genoa side a home win and 15 points from six games.

Inter is in second spot two points further back and alongside Fiorentina after it won 1-0 at Livorno with a 76th-minute penalty by Stevan Jovetic.

Juventus, also on 13 points, will top on 16 points if it beats Bologna at home.

Inter came close with a powerful Samuel Eto'o shot shortly before Pazzini struck but the champion could have few complaints about its first league defeat this term.

"It was a very important goal in front of this full house," Pazzini told Sky television. "We're top. It's a great night."

"We picked ourselves up immediately after Florence," he added, referring to last Wednesday's 0-2 defeat at Fiorentina that ended a run of four wins.

Samp midfielder Angelo Palombo fluffed the best chance of an intense first half after an Antonio Cassano cross created mayhem in the middle of the box.

Cassano, snubbed by Inter when it was searching for a playmaker in the close season, also had a good opportunity in the 39th but bizarrely he went to ground instead of going for goal having skipped past Lucio, getting himself booked.

Inter substitute Ricardo Quaresma had an equalizer disallowed for offside.

Fiorentina shares second place with Juve and Inter after it put aside the turmoil caused by President Andrea Della Valle quitting this week to beat struggling Tuscan rival Livorno.

The spot-kick was awarded for a foul by Marcus Diniz on Italy forward Alberto Gilardino, who will be suspended for Fiorentina's big Champions League clash against Liverpool tomorrow.


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