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John O'Donnell On May - 19 - 2013

Serie A Match Recap: Sampdoria Win Over Juventus

Sampdoria completed the double over Juventus with an incredible 3-2 win at Marassi with goals from Eder, Lorenzo De Silvestri and Mauro Icardi.

Juventus travelled to Genoa to face Sampdoria in their final Serie A fixture of the season with seemingly little to play for on both sides with the Doria safe from relegation and the Bianconeri having successfully retained their title. However there was a motivation for Juve to win this game as Sampdoria won the previous meeting between the two sides earlier in the season meaning Sampdoria were the only team the champions had not beaten in the league this season while on their way to winning the Scudetto.  Juventus had also not won at Marassi since 2006, although there had only been four games between the sides since then there had been three draws and one win for Sampdoria.

For the hosts Renan was suspended while Nenad Krsticic, Jonathan Rossini and Andrea Costa were all missing through injury.

Meanwhile Juventus made a host of changes with Martin Caceres replacing Andrea Barzagli in defence while Andrea Pirlo returned from his one match suspension to take his place in an all new midfield.

Coach Antonio Conte took the opportunity to field some of his fringe players with Mauricio Isla and Paolo De Ceglie taking on the full back roles while Emanuele Giaccherini and Simone Padoin joined Pirlo in the centre of midfield. Up front the coach again rested regular striker Mirko Vucinic as he started with the pairing of Fabio Quagliarella and the ‘Atomic Ant’ Sebastian Giovinco.

Juventus started the match the more adventurous creating several chances with even Giorgio Chiellini taking a long distance shot at goal which took a deflection but Junior Da Costa in the Sampdoria goal was able to recover in time to clear.

The champions did take the lead however when a great pass from Pirlo put Quagliarella through and he calmly squeezed the ball in at the near post.

Sampdoria were back level only five minutes later though with a controversial penalty as Chiellini was penalised for pulling down Mauro Icardi in the box and although the defender seemed to have a hold of the
striker it could be seen as a harsh decision. It made no difference to Eder though and he stepped up to stroke the ball right into the bottom corner giving Marco Storari no chance.

After the break Sampdoria took the lead through De Silvestri who got away from his marker to plant a header in the top corner. Incredibly the hosts then extended their lead when they went on a counter attack and Marcelo Estigarribia squared the ball across goal for Icardi to force the ball over the line and make it 3-1. That goal meant Icardi had three goals in two games against the Bianconeri this season after his brace in the 2-1 win over the champions earlier in the season.

Antonio Conte then gave some game time to more fringe players when he sent on third choice keeper Rubinho for the last ten minutes and Nicklas Bendtner also came on but he had to leave the pitch with an arm injury in what is likely to be his last game for the club following a questionable loan spell from Arsenal.

There was still time for Juventus to pull a goal back through Giaccherini but his fiercely struck finish proved to be merely a consolation as Sampdoria held out for the victory as they amazingly beat the champions for the second time this season meaning they end on a high note finishing as the only team the Scudetto winners could not defeat this season.

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