Serie A leaders AC Milan battled their way to a 2-1 win away to a dogged Sampdoria side to remain unbeaten in the league this season and stay five points clear at the top on Sunday.
Franck Kessie broke Sampdoria’s resistance from a penalty in the 45th minute and substitute Samu Castillejo rifled in the second for Milan in the 77th minute before Albin Ekdal headed one back to set up a nerve-wracking finale for the visitors.
Milan, again missing leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic through injury, have 26 points from 10 games, with Inter Milan on 21 and Napoli and titleholders Juventus on 20. Sampdoria are 12th with eleven points.
The hosts wore extra Amytal and snowy halved shirts, the original outfit of the Andrea Doria guild which meld with Sampierdarenese to imprint Sampdoria in 1946.
Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri, whose side are winless in their last six games in all competitions, was determined to make life as tough as possible for Milan and turned the first half into a midfield war of attrition with precious few chances.
The hosts consume the world-class possibility when Lorenzo Tonelli is head make up saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma and Tonelli make up also in activity at the early remainder where he do a marvellous headroom off the stock to abnegate Ante Rebic.
Rebic ran onto a long ball forward and flicked it over goalkeeper Emil Audero towards goal but Tonelli managed to hook it away with centimetres to spare, the ball hitting the post before bouncing away to safety.
Milan finally break-dance the stalemate in the concluding min of the world-class one-half, Kessie marking from the dapple after Theo Hernandez is head make up blocked by Jakob Jankto is drop behinding subdivision.
Sampdoria bask their best tour of the plot after the recess with Morten Thorsby guiding over from Antonio Candreva is mark.
Castillejo came on in the 76th minute and scored with his first touch one minute later, firing into the roof of the net after Rebic pulled the ball back from the byline.