Torino and Sampdoria both had chances, but ultimately a goalless draw was the correct reflection of this relegation tussle.
Both sides were in good form, as Samp were fresh from demolishing Pescara 6-0, beating Juventus and holding Milan, while Toro were unlucky to only grab a point away to Inter last week. Angelo Ogbonna was still sidelined after a hernia operation, while Pedro Obiang sat out a ban for the Blucerchiati.
The visitors had a couple of dangerous opportunities in the opening minutes. Angelo Palombo’s long ball towards Icardi in the six-yard box was intercepted at the crucial moment by Kamil Glik. Then a corner found Daniele Gastaldello’s effort deflected wide off Guillermo Rodriguez.
Torino’s first chance came after 25 minutes when a fierce Alessio Cerci snapshot from outside the box took a deflection, yet Sergio Romero managed to readjust for a stunning save round the near post.
From the resulting corner, Daniele Gastaldello acrobatically toe-poked a cross off the foot of Rodriguez at the back stick.
Moments later Paulo Vitor Barreto was overstretched and nodded over the bar from eight yards.
Straight after the restart, Andrea Poli failed to get an Icardi cross on target and a Glik overhead kick was plucked out from under the bar.
Jean-Francois Gillet rather flapped at a dangerous Samp cross and Andrea Poli’s follow-up was charged down by Glik.
Jonathas was given his Torino debut after moving from Pescara this week.