Date:12th March 2016 at 8:08pm
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Sampdoria tied 1-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Saturday evening in Serie A, both teams taking home a useful point.

The hosts started the better side, but it was the Blucerchiati who found the net first thanks to Fabio Quagliarella on 41 minutes. Sampdoria missed some chances on the counter in the second half, and Empoli’s possession translated into the equaliser with ten minutes to go, thanks to Vincent Laurini’s header.

Marco Giampaolo’s men started the game the strongest, pushing Sampdoria back and immediately going close to making it 1-0, as Riccardo Saponara’s goal was ruled offside after just 14 minutes.

Massimo Maccarone then fired a very clear cut chance over the bar and two minutes later it was Manuel Pucciarelli who hit the post with the goal at his mercy, missing again the chance to give Empoli the lead.

Vincenzo Montella’s side then started to create opportunities, with Quagliarella and Antonio Cassano causing problems for the hosts on more than one occasion.

Five minutes from the end of the first half, the duo linked up once more as a Cassano assist gave Quagliarella the chance to shoot on target and give the visitors a crucial lead.

The second half followed a similar fashion to that of the first, with Empoli dominating possession yet unable to breakthrough the Samp defence.

Giampaolo tried to shake up the game by substituting Maccarone with Levan Mchedlidze up front just before the hour mark, and Montella replied by putting on the speedy Joaquin Correa in place of Cassano.

Mchedlidze almost made an immediate impact as he brought down a lovely assist from Pucciarelli, though was only just unable to find the net.

However, three minutes later, the hosts finally managed to equalise through Laurini, who headed home off of a Mario Rui free kick for his first ever goal in Serie A.

The goal served as a real confidence boost to Empoli, who pushed to try and win the game in the final minutes, though they were forced to stay put with a draw.

The results temporarily moves the Azzurri up into 10th place on 35 points, whilst Sampdoria remain in 13th on 32.