- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

ROME (AP) - Sampdoria moved within one spot of the Champions League places with a 3-1 win at 10-man Hellas Verona in Serie A on Monday.

Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic’s club is fourth, one point behind city rival Genoa.

Also, Chievo Verona climbed out of the relegation zone by scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes for a 2-0 win at Cagliari.

In Verona, defender Rafa Marquez was sent off for tripping Eder inside the area and the speedy Brazilian forward converted the ensuing penalty midway through the first half to put Sampdoria ahead.

Luca Toni equalized in the 37th by knocking in a rebound but Sampdoria dominated the second half.

Stefano Okaka broke the deadlock in the 57th with a header following a perfect cross from Manolo Gabbiadini. Then Gabbiadini finished off a counterattack five minutes later.

Okaka, who scored on his Italy debut last month, nearly scored another but hit the post.

Earlier, Chievo stretched its unbeaten streak to five matches.

Riccardo Meggiorini put Chievo ahead four minutes in with a bicycle kick and Alberto Paloschi doubled the lead five minutes later from the center of the area.

Chievo moved into 16th place in the 20-team Italian league, while Cagliari fell into the drop zone, third from the bottom.

Cagliari’s veteran coach Zdenek Zeman used all three of his substitutions at the start of the second half in an attempt to shake things up but the Sardinian club could only produce one decent chance, from Colombia forward Victor Ibarbo.

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