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Sampdoria burst Babbel's bubble

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.31CET
UC Sampdoria 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
Markus Babbel was denied a victory in his first game in charge of the German side, with Paolo Sammarco levelling the scores in Genoa.
Sampdoria burst Babbel's bubble
Paolo Sammarco celebrates his goal against Stuttgart ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SampdoriaStuttgart

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners8
 
5
Offsides8
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.31CET

Sampdoria burst Babbel's bubble

UC Sampdoria 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
Markus Babbel was denied a victory in his first game in charge of the German side, with Paolo Sammarco levelling the scores in Genoa.

VfB Stuttgart were denied a first win under new boss Markus Babbel as Paolo Sammarco cancelled out Ciprian Marica's opener against UC Sampdoria in Genoa.

Honours even
Babbel took charge of the Bundesliga side following the dismissal of coach Armin Veh on Monday, and looked to be headed for victory in his first game in charge when Romanian international Marica put his side into an eighth-minute lead. However, Sammarco struck to level the scores before the interval, to leave both sides with four Group C points and a good chance of progressing.

Loose ball
Jens Lehmann was in the action early as Sampdoria earned a corner in the seventh minute. Antonio Cassano delivered to the far post, where Emiliano Bonazzoli aimed an effort at goal, but the 39-year-old goalkeeper held it. Stuttgart took the lead moments later, with Marica finishing from a loose ball after Pietro Accardi had tackled in-form striker Mario Gómez.

Inswinging corner
At the other end, Cassano tried his luck from the edge of the box but sent his shot wide, and there was little in the way of chances over the next half-hour, which perhaps accounted for a moment of uncertainty from Lehmann eight minutes before the break. The former Arsenal FC stopper spilled a shot from Daniele Franceschini, but no Sampdoria player was on hand to take advantage. The Genoa side did level matters moments later though, with Sammarco positioned well to convert Cassano's inswinging corner.

Forgettable half
Six minutes after the break a speculative effort from Stuttgart's Thomas Hitzlsperger went wide, before Gómez failed to direct a close-range header goalwards. Marica tried his luck from 20 metres, Cassano and Franceschini let fly for Sampdoria, but the nearest either side came to a second-half goal was when Lehmann saved comfortably from a Reto Ziegler effort.

Last updated: 27/11/08 23.40CET

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Lineups

sampdoria

Sampdoria

stuttgart

Stuttgart

1
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
Yellow Card64
6
LucchiniStefano Lucchini
Substitution72
3
OsorioRicardo Osorio
28
GastaldelloDaniele Gastaldello
Yellow Card22
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
5
AccardiPietro Accardi
4
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
23
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
Substitution86
21
MagninLudovic Magnin
Substitution12
40
DelvecchioGennaro Delvecchio
13
PardoPável Pardo
Yellow Card87
21
SammarcoPaolo Sammarco
Goal39
19
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Yellow Card40
19
FranceschiniDaniele Franceschini
11
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger (C)
46
PieriMirko Pieri
25
ÉlsonÉlson
Substitution46
18
BonazzoliEmiliano Bonazzoli
Substitution68
33
GomezMario Gomez
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano (C)
Yellow Card37
9
MaricaCiprian Marica
Goal8
Yellow Card22

Substitutes

83
MiranteAntonio Mirante (GK)
12
StolzAlexander Stolz (GK)
16
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Substitution72
15
BokaArthur Boka
Substitution12
14
BottinelliJonathan Bottinelli
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
88
DessenaDaniele Dessena
7
LanigMartin Lanig
Substitution46
Substitution75
3
ZieglerReto Ziegler
Substitution86
35
TräschChristian Träsch
Substitution75
9
Fornaroli Bruno Fornaroli
18
CacauCacau
11
BellucciClaudio Bellucci
Substitution68
38
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja

Coach

Walter Mazzarri (ITA) Markus Babbel (GER)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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