Gabbiadini nails equaliser for Sampdoria

MILAN – Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini confirmed he could quit Sampdoria in the January transfer window after heading a late equaliser to secure a share of the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Udinese on Sunday.

Gabbiadini has been linked with a move to Napoli and the highly-rated 23-year-old told Sky Sport after the game: “I don’t know if this will be my last goal in a Sampdoria shirt, I always honour the shirt that I’m wearing.”

It was Sampdoria’s ninth draw of the campaign but Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men were left lamenting a missed chance to leapfrog Napoli into provisional third place ahead of Lazio’s visit to Inter Milan in Sunday’s late game.

Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang gave the hosts a great start with a 15th minute opener at the Luigi Ferraris stadium, firing into the empty net after a blunder by visiting ‘keeper Orestis Karnezis.

But Udinese took a 2-1 half-time lead following quick-fire goals from Alexandre Geijo and Danilo in the space of three minutes.

Gabbiadini, who secured a share of the points for Samp in a 1-1 draw away to Juventus last week, rescued the hosts again when he headed Lorenzo Di Silvestri’s cross past Karnezis on the hour.

Sampdoria are 12 points behind Juventus, who faces Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final in Doha today with a chance for a double Christmas celebration after the latest slip-up by title challengers.

Roma had closed the gap on leaders Juventus to a point last week but had to settle for a scoreless draw at home to Milan on Saturday.

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