Serie A: Sampdoria 3 Juventus 2
By Football News
Sampdoria snapped a 10-match winless streak with a 3-2 home win over Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday.
Fabio Quagliarella fired Juventus into an early lead but the hosts responded from the penalty spot thanks to Brazilian Eder.
Lorenzo De Silvestri and Mauro Icardi increased Sampdoria’s lead after the interval and although Emanuele Giaccherini scored a late effort from distance for Juventus, Delio Rossi's men held on for their first Serie A win in over two months.
Juventus entered the match having beaten every team in Serie A this season except Sampdoria, after they notched a famous 2-1 win with 10 men in Turin in January.
And Sampdoria ensured they would not complete the set, putting in a terrific display that defied their lowly league standing of 14th.
After sealing the Serie A title almost a fortnight ago, Juventus coach Antonio Conte has heavily rotated, and this occasion was no different as he made five changes.
In came the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Quagliarella, with Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio the headline absentees, while Sampdoria also rang the changes for the season-ending match.
Juventus started brightly and although Marcelo Estigarribia and Eder had early half-chances for Sampdoria, they came against the run of play.
Quagliarella had a terrific effort saved after 11 minutes and while Chilean Mauricio Isla was causing problems, Sampdoria were most troubled by Sebastian Giovinco and Giaccherini in the early stages.
Defender Giorgio Chiellini had a deflected effort superbly saved by Angelo Da Costa while Quagliarella and Giaccherrini also went close for Juventus, who opened the scoring shortly after.
Quagliarella was the scorer, making the most of a sublime Andrea Pirlo ball over the top before composing himself and side-footing past Da Costa in the 25th minute.
It gave the champions a deserved lead but almost immediately Sampdoria responded as Chiellini conceded what looked to be a harsh penalty.
Eder expertly dispatched the spot-kick and then went close to giving his side the lead shortly after, only to steer his effort wide.
At the other end, Quagliarella was denied by a terrific block from defender Daniele Gastaldello with Da Costa stranded.
Quagliarella and Giaccherini continued to pose a threat for the visitors after the break and both went close early in the second half, while Eder forced Juventus goalkeeper Marco Storari into a good save from distance in the 57th minute.
From the resultant corner, which was whipped in by former Juventus loanee Estigarribia, De Silvestri made the most of some slack marking to nip in at the near post and nod Sampdoria into the lead.
Quagliarella wasted a golden chance to equalise when he scuffed a volley at Da Costa and Sampdoria made him pay 15 minutes from time when a fast break saw Estigarribia burst down the right.
The Paraguayan cleverly cut the ball back and Argentine Mauro Icardi was on hand to tap the ball in, giving him his 10th goal of the season.
Juventus scored in stoppage time as Giaccherini curled in a terrific effort from the edge of the box, but it was too little too late as Conte's side ended a fantastic league campaign with just their fifth defeat of the season.