Sampdoria Genoa 1 – PSV Eindhoven 2


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Sweden international MARCUS BERG (6) of PSV Eindhoven, the forward on loan for the season from Bundesliga club SV Hamburg who has found the net three times in 10 Eredivise matches so far, chases down Sampdoria midfielder DANIELE MANNINI (7) at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the Mediterranean port city of Genoa in northwestern Italy. (Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
12/01/2010

1 – Sampdoria Genoa (ITA) ———— Pazzini 45+3′
2 – PSV Eindhoven (HOL) ————— Toivonen 51′, 90′

A goal in the final minute capped a second half comeback as visting Dutch club PSV EINDHOVEN clipped hosting Serie A side SAMPDORIA GENOA 2-1 in Group I of the UEFA Europa League.

Struggling with goal-scoring and in desperate need of points at the group stage in Europe, Sampdoria gathered its mettle at the start and were unfortunate to have Italy U-21 international striker GUIDO MARILUNGO, on loan with Serie B side US Leece all last year, hit the outside of the post early on.

Later in the first half, play was halted for a few minutes after a power outage at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris; this did not seem to hamper Sampdoria, however, who took the lead in injury time of the first half when in-form Italy World Cup striker GIAMPAOLO PAZZINI, the Genoa club’s leading goal-scorer, headed home the cross of Switzerland World Cup fullback RETO ZIEGLER in fine fashion.

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Perhaps foreshadowing the game’s result and such ramifications for Serie A side Sampdoria of Genoa, the power has gone out during the UEFA Europa League match as PSV Eindhoven players discuss the situation with the Swedish match referee MARKUS STROMBERGSSON at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
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Against the run of play, PSV Eindhoven stung Sampdoria with an equalizer six mintues into the second half. Sweden international attacker OLA TOIVONEN leveled terms with a header of his own from a ball played into the box by Holland World Cup reserve midfielder IBRAHIM AFELLAY. The goal shook Sampdoria and its supporters, both of whom knew a draw would make the Genoa club dependent upon other results in Group I in order to advance in the UEFA Europa League.

Soon, all were aware that FC Metalist Kharkiv had gone to the lead in the other game against VSC Debrecen — this meant that Sampdoria now needed to win their match with PSV Eindhoven, with whom they had played to a 1-1 tie earlier towards the end of September.

Home side fans found their hearts in their throats when the shot of PSV Eindhoven’s Hungary international winger BALAZS DZSUDZSAK, who leads the Dutch side with five goals in Europe this season, squeezed through Sampdoria’s angle-cutting keeper GIANLUCA CURCI and rolled towards to the unguarded goal; the former Italy U-21 international goalkeeper was able to recover and arrest the ball right on the line.

The reprieve was temporary and, with time dwindling, Marilungo was dismissed after throwing a temper tantrum.

In the final minute of regulation time, Toivonen freed fellow Sweden international MARCUS BERG in the box. The striker on loan from SV Hamburg had his shot saved by Curci but the Sampdoria defender overran the rebound, allowing Berg’s countryman to pounce. Toivonen quickly capitalized for his second goal of the game and third in seven European matches this season.

The result guarantees PSV Eindhoven, the current leaders of Group I on 13 points, football in Europe this spring while Sampdoria, with just five points and only one match remaining in the brackett, have been bounced from the UEFA Europa League.

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The match between visiting Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven and Italian Serie A side Sampdoria Genoa is delayed while technicians work to restore full power to the light fixtures at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. (Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)
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SAMPDORIA GENOA : Curci ; Cacciatore, Lucchini, Gastaldello, Ziegler ; Dessena, Palombo, Koman (Guberti 69′), Poli (Mannini 77′) ; Pazzini, Marilungo

PSV EINDHOVEN : Isaksson ; Manolev, Bouma, Marcelo, Pieters ; Hutchinson, Engelaar, Afellay ; Reis (Berg 84′), Toivonen, Dzsudzsak

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The diving Sweden international attacker OLA TOIVONEN, an acquisition costing 4.5 million Euros from FF Malmo in January of 2009, equalizes for PSV Eindhoven in the 51st minute with a header at the Stade Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sampdoria goalkeeper GIANLUCA CURCI lets out a hearty shriek in sheer frustration as Sweden international attacker OLA TOIVONEN (left), the leading scorer for the Dutch visitors in the Eredivisie this season with 11 goals from 17 games, fires the winner for PSV Eindhoven in the 90th minute at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
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