Empoli beats struggling Sampdoria 1-0 after late drama

EMPOLI, Italy (AP) — Empoli has boosted its chances of avoiding getting dragged into a relegation scrap with a 1-0 win over struggling Sampdoria after late drama at Stadio Carlo Castellani. Omar Colley thought he equalized in the seventh minute of stoppage time but it was ruled out for handball in the buildup. Tyronne Ebuehi scored for Empoli with his first goal in Serie A. Sampdoria remains seven points from safety after its sixth loss in its last seven matches. Empoli’s first win of the new year lifts it 13 points above the drop zone.

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