10-man Bologna beats Sampdoria 3-0 in Serie A

Bologna's Simone Verdi celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Sampdoria, at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 25,  2017. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

MILAN (AP) Sampdoria followed its surprise victory over Juventus with a 3-0 defeat against Bologna on Saturday in the Italian league, despite Bologna playing the entire second half with 10 men.

It was Samp’s third defeat of the season and leaves it in sixth place, six points above Bologna, which moved up to seventh ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Sampdoria beat Juventus 3-2 in the previous round.

Inter Milan can move top with a victory over Cagliari later, after Chievo vs. Spal and Sassuolo vs. Hellas Verona.

Bologna got off to a great start, taking the lead inside three minutes. Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano could only parry Mattia Destro’s effort and Simone Verdi tucked away the rebound.

Ibrahima Mbaye headed in Verdi’s corner in the 23rd and even the loss of defender Vasilis Torosidis to a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time made little difference.

Bologna withstood Sampdoria’s siege in the second half and added a third on the counterattack in the 73rd as Godfred Donsah ran from inside his own half before rolling the ball across for substitute Orji Okwonkwo, who had been on the pitch for under four minutes.