Date:20th February 2016 at 10:52pm
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Sampdoria at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday evening.

Daniele D’Ambrosio opened the scoring inside 25 minutes from a corner before Miranda doubled the Nerazzurri’s advantage shortly after the interval. Mauro Icardi then compounded the away side’s misery with a cool finish on 73 minutes before Fabio Quagliarella grabbed a consolation in stoppage time.

Samp began with a spring in their step and Quagliarella tested Samir Handanovic with a shot on the half-turn inside 10 minutes.

The home side fashioned their first attempt on goal when Jonathan Biabany, lingering on the edge of the penalty area, volleyed just over from a corner.

The deadlock was broken on 24 minutes when Jeison Murillo flicked his header towards the back post and D’Ambrosio was on hand to rifle beyond Emiliano Viviano.

Inter were perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty on 37 minutes when Joaquin Correa’s goalbound effort was halted illegally by the outstretched arm of D’Ambrosio.

The visitors were inches away from levelling five minutes after the restart when Dodo flicked Fernando’s inviting free-kick just wide of the far post.

Inter, however, doubled their advantage six minutes later when Miranda powered Felipe Melo’s knockdown from a corner past Viviano.

Quagliarella tried to bring his side back into the game on the hour-mark when he shrugged off the attentions of Murillo but fired agonisingly over.

However, Icardi put the result beyond doubt on 73 minutes when he profited from a miscued clearance from Ranocchia at the halfway line, strode forward with assurance and dispatched a left-footed effort in-off the far post.

Quagliarella grabbed a consolation in stoppage time for the visitors when he rifled his effort beyond Handanovic from the edge of the penalty area.

The result moves Inter to within a point of Fiorentina in third place while Sampdoria remain only three points clear of the relegation zone.