Sampdoria beat Scudetto winners Juventus for the second time this year, but the 3-2 result had some controversial incidents.
The Blucerchiati were the only team Juve had failed to beat this season, as they earned a shock 2-1 win in Turin despite going down to 10 men. Renan and Paul Pogba sat out bans, while Nenad Krsticic, Jonathan Rossini, Andrea Costa, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andrea Barzagli and Simone Pepe were sidelined.
Juventus haven’t conquered Marassi since 2006, managing three draws and a defeat here. After three minutes Shkodran Mustafi needed a sliding clearance in the six-yard box to deny Sebastian Giovinco.
Fabio Quagliarella’s sudden snapshot from 20 metres was beaten away with great difficulty by Junior Da Costa.
An Andrea Pirlo volley was charged down by Angelo Palombo and Emanuele Giaccherini’s low drive was smothered on the ground.
Giorgio Chiellini had a rare strike at goal from outside the box and the wayward volley took a huge deflection to wrong-foot Da Costa, but the ‘keeper managed to parry with his trailing leg.
Quagliarella’s angled drive skimmed the back post and Da Costa beat away another Giaccherini effort with his palms under driving rain.
The pressure eventually paid off, as Quagliarella sprung the offside trap on a splendid Pirlo pass over the top, his first touch was crucial and he managed to steer the finish in at the near post.
However, the referee awarded a penalty for Chiellini’s tug on Icardi, who seemed to have the striker’s hand clamped under his arm, but it was a very soft decision. Eder converted with a daisy-cutter spot-kick in at the base of the near stick.
Just 60 seconds later Eder was about to get another on the counter-attack when skipping past Leonardo Bonucci, but Chiellini came flying in to clear and risked an own goal.
There was more danger, as from a corner a Lorenzo De Silvestri free header into the ground bounced over the bar.
At the other end, Da Costa flapped a cross into the path of Quagliarella, but his follow-up was kept out by a crucial Mustafi goalline clearance. Chiellini nodded over from a corner, then after the restart made a decisive interception to stop Andrea Poli tapping in from three yards.
Quagliarella went on the counter, but fired straight at Da Costa, then Simone Padoin was sent clear on goal through the middle by Giovinco, but found the goalkeeper’s fingertips.
Storari had his palms stung by a fierce Eder strike from outside the box, but from the resulting corner De Silvestri got a precise header into the near top corner despite Storari getting a hand to it. The winger had peeled off his marker to find space.
Da Costa did well to smother a Quagliarella low volley from close range, mainly because it slowed down in the mud.
Icardi hadn’t scored in almost two months, but he has a special rapport with Juventus and ended that drought. It was a classic counter-attack that Marcelo Estigarribia rolled across the face of goal for Icardi to bundle over the line from a yard. He almost tripped on the ball, but it was so close to the open net that it was literally impossible to miss.
There was a bizarre moment on 77 minutes when the referee awarded a penalty for a Mustafi clumsy header that clattered into Quagliarella, but the linesman disagreed and Gervasoni changed his mind. Chiellini was absolutely livid at the decision, as if anything this looked like more of a penalty than the one awarded to Sampdoria in the first half.
Antonio Conte gave third choice goalkeeper Rubinho his debut for the final 10 minutes. Nicklas Bendtner was also given a run-out, but he landed heavily on to his arm and had to come off after just 13 minutes on the pitch, leaving Juve with 10 men. It could be a fractured wrist for the unlucky Danish striker.
It still wasn’t over, as Juventus pulled one back with Giaccherini’s fierce effort under the crossbar from 14 yards.
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