Milan loses at Sampdoria

Sampdoria's Ricardo Alvarez celebrates after scoring against AC Milan during their Italian Serie A match at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa Sunday. — AP

MILAN — AC Milan's problems with consistency continued as a poor performance saw it lose 2-0 at Sampdoria in Serie A Sunday.

Milan didn't even have a shot on target as late goals from Duvan Zapata and substitute Ricky Alvarez condemned the Rossoneri to its second defeat of the season.

"Samp was superior to us and deserved the victory," Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said. "We didn't perform. We were insufficient on a mental level and in our determination as well as technically.

"It's a defeat which hurts us and we will have to understand why it happened. We'll need to analyze everything without hiding ourselves."

Milan slipped to sixth, six points behind leader Napoli and Juventus. Inter Milan is two points below the top two after a narrow 1-0 victory over Genoa, with Lazio three points further back after beating Hellas Verona 3-0.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off a number of saves before a late goal helped the Nerazzurri secure a 1-0 win over Genoa, which ended the match with nine men.

Inter had lost its perfect record midweek in a surprise 1-1 draw against Bologna so needed a win to keep up the pressure on Napoli and Juventus.

However, Inter scored what was to prove the winner three minutes from time when Danilo D'Ambrosio headed in a corner.

Genoa players Stephane Omeonga and Adel Taarabt were shown straight red cards within minutes of each other in stoppage time.

Ciro Immobile maintained his impressive scoring streak as he netted another two goals to help Lazio win 3-0 at Verona and bounce back from its hefty midweek defeat to Napoli.

Immobile also set up Lazio's third for Marusic.

Crotone scored its first goals of the season in a 2-0 win against Benevento, which is still seeking its first points in Serie A.

Elsewhere, substitute Orji Okwonkwo scored a late winner, two minutes after coming off the bench, to fire Bologna to a 1-0 win at 10-man Sassuolo.

Chievo Verona won 2-0 at Cagliari.

Brighton stuns Newcastle

Israeli striker Tomer Hemed's 51st-minute goal earned Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 victory over last season's Championship sparring partner Newcastle United in the Premier League Sunday.

Hemed struck early in the second half at the Amex Stadium to give Brighton manager Chris Hughton a first victory over the club he previously managed at the seventh attempt.

It was a measure of revenge for Brighton, which was defeated home and away by Newcastle last season as Rafael Benitez's side beat it to the English second-tier title.

Brighton have now claimed successive home wins, having beaten West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in its previous home outing, and climbed to 13th in the table.

Newcastle slipped to ninth after its three-match winning streak came to an end. — Agencies