SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 26 May 2019 (17.00 UK)
Sampdoria 2 - 0 Juventus
Defrel 84 (S), Caprari 91 (S)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Juventus ended the season losing both visits to Marassi, as they fell 2-0 to Genoa and by the same result to Fabio Quagliarella’s Sampdoria.

Max Allegri left the Bianconeri with his 38th different starting XI in 38 rounds this season, giving goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio a rare start with young Brazilian Matheus Pereira in attack. Cristiano Ronaldo, Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic, Alex Sandro, Mattia Perin didn’t make the trip, with suspended pair Federico Bernardeschi and Blaise Matuidi. Nicola Murru was the only Samp absentee, as the focus was ensuring Fabio Quagliarella won the Capocannoniere title.

Juve had lost only one of their last 11 Serie A meetings with Sampdoria, 3-2 here in November 2017, along with a draw and nine victories.

When Rafael did make impressive saves on Moise Kean and Rodrigo Bentancur, they were offside anyway and it wouldn’t have counted.

Quagliarella tried one of his trademark acrobatic overhead kicks at the back post, but was off balance and fired it over.

At the other end, Jacopo Sala had to make a desperate clearance from six yards with Paulo Dybala ready to finish the Kean flick-on, while Kean drilled wide from a Mattia De Sciglio cross at the near post.

Matheus Pereira’s long-range scorcher wasn’t far off target, nor was Dybala’s volley after a poor clearance from a corner.

Quagliarella went off to a standing ovation, concluding his season as Capocannoniere with 26 goals and potentially his Sampdoria career, if rumours of a return to Napoli are to be believed.

Kean thought he had opened the scoring on 80 minutes when running on to a through ball from Manolo Portanova on his Serie A debut, but VAR confirmed a very tight offside decision.

Moments later, Ronaldo Vieira’s overhead kick whistled just wide and Sampdoria did take the lead almost by accident, as Gregoire Defrel scuffed his finish so badly on Manolo Gabbiadini’s assist that it wrong-footed everyone at the base of the near post.

Substitute Gianluca Caprari sealed the victory in stoppages with a magnificent free kick, curled in off the underside of the bar at the top corner.

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Sampdoria: Rafael; Sala, Ferrari, Colley, Bereszynski; Praet, Barreto (Vieira 70), Linetty; Ramirez (Caprari 57); Defrel, Quagliarella (Gabbiadini 78)
Juventus: Pinsoglio; Caceres, Rugani, Chiellini (Bonucci 65), De Sciglio; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Emre Can (Portanova 59); Dybala, Kean, Pereira (Nicolussi Caviglia 75)
Ref: Nasca