It could well be the shock of the season, as leaders Juventus were beaten 2-1 in Turin by 10-man Sampdoria!
The Bianconeri were already Winter Champions with an eight-point lead at the top of the table, so confidence was high going into 2013. Stephan Lichtsteiner sat out a ban with the injured Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner long-term absentees, so Federico Peluso was given his debut in defence just days after joining from Atalanta. Samp sacked Ciro Ferrara last month to bring in Delio Rossi and hoped to turn their dismal season around. Roberto Soriano was suspended, while Maxi Lopez, Enzo Maresca and Nicola Pozzi were injured, but Angelo Palombo was thrown into a centre-back role in the new 3-5-2 system.
Sebastian Giovinco fired over from a promising position set up by Simone Padoin, but Sampdoria threatened a shock opener on 18 minutes when a ricochet off Peluso set up Andrea Poli from the edge of the box and his weak finish failed to trouble Gigi Buffon.
Giovinco again went close, but Sergio Romero stood his ground to palm out the shot for a corner from close range.
Claudio Marchisio burst into the box and was trying to find space for a shot when Gaetano Berardi clipped his heels for a penalty. Giovinco won the debate on who would take the spot-kick and buried it calmly in the near bottom corner.
Eder had the ball in the net, but only after knocking over Buffon. Berardi risked an own goal by turning a Giovinco cross over before Leonardo Bonucci could get there.
There were some complaints on 29 minutes from a corner when Romero blocked the ball halfway across the line, but replays suggest Alessandro Matri’s attempt did not cross over completely.
To make matters worse, Sampdoria went down to 10 men as Berardi received a second yellow card for a late sliding tackle on Andrea Barzagli. Juve wanted another penalty when Matri fell under pressure from Palombo, but the referee awarded a free kick against the Bianconeri, claiming he had handled when falling on the ball.
Former Juve winger Marcelo Estigarribia’s free kick whistled just wide. Leonardo Bonucci also had penalty appeals for a push from Daniele Gastaldello.
Incredibly, it was 10-man Sampdoria who equalised after the restart. A long Nenad Krsticic pass found Mauro Icardi, whose shot bounced right in front of Gigi Buffon, so he only flapped at it as the ball looped over his body into the empty net.
Andrea Poli nearly turned the game around with a volley over from a very promising position. The turnaround really did happen, as Icardi again beat Buffon with a remarkable shot. The young Argentine got to the by-line and feinted a pull back, but instead fired it into the near top corner from the tightest of angles to put 10-man Sampdoria ahead!
Mirko Vucinic thought he might’ve scored an equaliser when Fabio Quagliarella knocked it down for his half-volley, but it thumped the underside of the bar, bounced off the line and back out. Replays show the ball definitely did not cross the line.
Quagliarella knocked down a Peluso cross for Vucinic, but he came sliding in at the back stick and bundled it wide from a yard.
Marchisio had to play on despite a knock and was clearly limping, then collapsed clutching his knee and was almost weeping with pain. Romero blocked a Padoin effort, but 10-man Samp held out under siege for a shock victory!
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Sent off: Berardi 32 (S)