Serie A Roundup, Feb. 20

Inter Milan drew 0-0 against Sampdoria on Saturday night, but ended

the match with nine men after defenders Walter Samuel and Ivan

Cordoba were sent off in the first half.

Sampdoria failed to capitalize on its numerical advantage

though and finished the game with 10 players after striker

Giampaolo Pazzini earned his second yellow card midway through the

second half.

Samuel Eto’o had the best chance of the match late in the

second half, but despite being one on one with Sampdoria goalkeeper

Marco Storari the Cameroonian failed to find the net.

Inter has 55 points at the top of the Serie A standings,

eight ahead of AS Roma in second place, which was playing Catania

on Sunday. Sampdoria moves into fourth place with 40 points.

In the earlier match Robert Acquafresca scored twice and

Rodrigo Palacio once to give Genoa a 3-0 win over Udinese that

moves Genoa up to seventh in the standings.

“It was a great chance for Eto’o at the end,” Storari said.

“It was important I stopped it as it meant we could leave the San

Siro with a point.

“After Giampaolo Pazzini was sent off it meant we weren’t

able to take the initiative as much,” Storari said. “We moved the

ball a bit slowly and weren’t able to attack and take advantage.”

Neither Inter nor Sampdoria was able to establish a platform

from which to attack and the closest either side came in the first

half was when Eto’o dragged a shot wide in the 30th.

A minute later Samuel was sent off. Pazzini flicked the ball

on for Nicola Pozzi but as the striker rounded Samuel the Argentine

brought him down and received an immediate red card.

From Reto Zeigler’s freekick Cordoba was booked for

encroachment and when he fouled Pozzi seven minutes later he became

the second Inter player to be sent off.

After halftime it was Inter who took the initiative in

attack, but the closest it went was a freekick from Wesley Sneijder

that went over the bar.

Despite its two-man advantage Sampdoria didn’t look likely to

score and the best Luigi Del Neri’s side could muster was a long

range shot from Daniele Mannini that Inter keeper Julio Cesar

easily saved.

In the 74th Pazzini became the third player to be sent off

when his trip on Dejan Stankovic earned him his second yellow card.

Sampdoria stopper Storari blocked the best chance of the

night four minutes later. Substitute Goran Pandev found Eto’o in

the area, but the Cameroonian was unable to find a way past

Storari.