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Sampdoria pounce on Donnarumma mistake to beat Milan

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Sampdoria pounce on Donnarumma mistake to beat Milan
Soccer Football - Serie A - Sampdoria v AC Milan - Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy - March 30, 2019 Sampdoria's Jakub Jankto celebrates after the match REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini   -   Copyright  JENNIFER LORENZINI(Reuters)
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MILAN (Reuters) – Sampdoria pounced on a glaring error by AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the first minute to beat Gennaro Gattuso’s side 1-0 in an end-to-end Serie A match on Saturday.

Donnarumma collected a back pass from Alessio Romagnoli but gave the ball straight to Sampdoria forward Gregoire Defrel who tapped in from close range after 33 seconds to hand Milan a second successive league defeat.

Milan gave a disjointed performance and often struggled to play their way out of defence as eighth-placed Sampdoria pressed aggressively.

Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella missed two first-half chances and the 36-year-old, Serie A’s leading scorer, crashed another effort against the crossbar after the break.

Fourth-placed Milan (51 points) never gave up, however, and had a late penalty appeal turned down following a long VAR review of a tackle by Nicola Murru on Krzysztof Piatek.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)

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