Lopez marks return to Sampdoria with derby winner
Argentinian Maxi Lopez made a stunning return to the colours of Serie A side Sampdoria on Monday by scoring a super goal to secure his side a 1-0 victory over city rivals Genoa.
The 29-year-old's goal -- his first since returning from a disappointing spell with Serie A rivals Catania -- saw the victors move further away from the relegation zone and towards mid-table security.
They are eight points clear of third from bottom Livorno and the win continued their revival since Serbian Sinisa Mihailovic took over as coach in late November.
Lopez' goal helped Sampdoria avenge the 3-0 defeat in the first Genoa derby earlier in the season and moved them to within two points of the losers.
Lopez, who has found it hard to settle at the one club since he moved to Europe after leaving River Plate, scored the only goal of the encounter in the 24th minute, playing a delightful 1-2 with Eder before firing the ball home.
Lopez, who has also played for Barcelona, Mallorca, FC Moscow, Gremio and Catania in the past nine years, celebrated his goal in front of the fanatical section of fans the 'Doriani' pointing his two index fingers to the ground to say 'I am here'.
Sampdoria fully merited their victory dominating the match with Genoa only really showing any fight in the final 20 minutes.