The Blucerchiati took advantage of some terrible Udinese defending and got the opener through Roberto Soriano from close range as Pawel Wszolek shrugged off the defenders to assist.
Soriano got a second from similar range midway through the second and Afriyie Acquah got a third for the away side, before Antonio Di Natale got his 207th Serie A goal from the penalty spot.
Alfred Duncan completed the dominant performance with a powerful shot from inside the box with the result ensuring Sampdoria remain in the hunt for Europa League football next season.
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Orestis Karnezis – 6 – Reactive
Gathered well and punched from corners but could do little to prevent Doria’s goals from close range. Saved brilliantly from a powerful Eto’o effort to keep Udinese in the tie and later from substitute Djordjevic.
Silvan Widmer – 5.5 – Willing
Some last ditch tackling in the box prevented a good scoring opportunity for the Blucerchiati but was limited in the attacking third. Had a headed effort miss from close range when he should have tested Viviano.
Danilo – 5.5 – Inconsistent
Showed confidence to slide in and prevent a certain Sampdoria goal early in the match. Looked shaky at times with his challenges and this cost Udinese as a missed attempt on Djordjevic led to the away side’s second goal.
Maurizio Domizzi – 5 – Indecisive
Failed to close down Wszolek for Soriano’s strike. Made some clumsy challenges but cleared and distributed reasonably well. Pushed up too much in the second half leaving Udinese exposed.
Ivan Piris – 5.5 – Competent
Was commanding in the air despite his small stature. Showed competence going forward but lacked concentration at times which allowed Doria opportunities on the attack.
Melker Hallberg – 5.5 – Developing
A quiet and anonymous performance from the young Swede who kept things simple sitting in front of the back four but had to be replaced after picking up an injury.
Giampiero Pinzi – 6 – Average
Came forward from midfield in an attempt to influence proceedings but the veteran midfielder was penned back for most of the first half. Had limited impact in the second.
Panagiotis Kone – 6 – Contrasting
Showed confidence to take on his man and came close with a powerful header following a corner. Did not have any effect in the second half and was replaced early on.
Guilherme – 5.5 – Involved
A robust performance in the centre of midfield and consequently gave away some needless fouls. Had some shots from distance which had Viviano scrambling but was at fault for Soriano’s goal as he was easily shrugged aside by Wszolek.
Alexandre Geijo – 5 – Substituted
Linked well with Di Natale early on but faded and became more isolated at the match progressed and was consequently substituted at half time.
Antonio Di Natale – 6 – Isolated
Caused the Sampdoria defence issues when the ball was at his feet but struggled to get a clear shot on goal. Finally through on goal late in the second half, only to be fouled by Viviano and converted the resulting penalty.
Cyril Thereau – 6 – Indifferent
Had the ball in the back of the net but the effort was ruled out for offside. Passed to Di Natale who won a late penalty.
Rodrigo Aguirre – 5.5 – Uninvolved
Had a tame headed effort saved by Viviano and produced nothing else of note.
Thomas Heurtaux – N/A –