Liga Santander

Melchiorri kicks winner, caps recovery from brain surgery

MILAN (AP) Federico Melchiorri capped a long and remarkable comeback from brain surgery when he scored his first Serie A goal in Cagliari's 2-1 victory over Sampdoria on Monday.

The match appeared set to end in a draw in Sardinia after Sampdoria midfielder Bruno Fernandes cancelled out Joao Pedro's first-half opener four minutes from time.

Two minutes later, however, Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano rushed out of his area to make a routine clearance but miskicked, leaving Melchiorri to fire into an empty net.