Internazionale 3-1 Sampdoria

Goals from Danilo D’Ambrosio, Miranda and Mauro Icardi gave Inter a 3-1 Serie A win over Sampdoria as Jose Mourinho watched on at San Siro.

Inter enjoyed a welcome return to winning ways as a 3-1 victory over Sampdoria lifted the club back into the top four in Serie A.

Playing before former boss Jose Mourinho and former Brazil striker Ronaldo in the San Siro stands, Roberto Mancini’s men claimed only its second league win in the past eight attempts.

Sampdoria, where Mancini was a crowd hero during his lengthy playing association with the club, matched Inter for long periods, but slack defending from corners in each half allowed home defenders Danilo D’Ambrosio and Miranda to get on the score sheet for the first time this season.

Vincenzo Montella’s struggling side wasted set piece opportunities of its own and fell behind against the run of play before former Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi was on hand to dish out more misery in the 73rd minute.

Experienced striker Fabio Quagliarella clipped home a fine first goal for Sampdoria, who will need more of the same from the transfer-window recruit as the club sits three points above the bottom three.

Inter will drop back to fifth should Roma beat Palermo on Sunday, but should at least head into next weekend’s trip to Juventus with a measure of the early season confidence restored.

Despite the fanfare generated by the presence of two club icons, Inter made a lethargic start.

Ricky Alvarez drew a near-post save from Samir Handanovic on his San Siro return and Sampdoria defender Andrea Ranocchia – like Dodo a loanee playing against his parent club – powered a header over from the resulting corner.

Quagliarella sent a clever lofted finish beyond Handanovic’s far post and Ranocchia passed up another set piece opportunity before Inter showed its opponent how it was done in the 23rd minute.

Jeison Murillo rose highest to flick on a right-wing corner from Marcelo Brozovic at the near post and D’Ambrosio was on the move to volley home left footed.

Sampdoria continued to pose plenty of questions despite that setback, with Joaquin Correa frustrated in the 38th minute when his goal-bound shot struck D’Ambrosio’s arm inside the Inter penalty area.

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After halftime, Ranocchia was close to touching home Dodo’s header from Fernando’s free kick on the left-hand edge of the area.

Despite the vulnerabilities from a defensive point-of-view, Inter was far more comfortable attacking dead balls – as evidenced when Miranda doubled the lead in the 57th minute.

Felipe Melo had the beating of the Sampdoria defense on this occasion and the officials correctly ruled goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano shoveled Miranda’s header away from behind his line.

Sampdoria could not respond with any conviction this time around and the malaise was summed up by substitute Luis Muriel woefully attempting a back heel on halfway, leaving Icardi to power through on the end of Brozovic’s pass and complete the scoring.

Montella’s men are now without a win in eight Serie A matches since January’s derby against Genoa, losing six during this slump, and Quagliarella emphatically latching on to Muriel’s through ball was scant consolation in the 92nd minute.

Mancini will hope his own team’s downturn is a thing of the past with Juventus on the horizon.

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