Serie A - Sampdoria hold Juventus in thriller

Eurosport - Sun, 12 Sep 15:53:00 2010

Sampdoria held Juventus 3-3 in an entertaining Serie A clash at Stadio Olimpico, the Bianconeri’s first point of the season.

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Nicola Pozzi put the visitors ahead on 36 minutes, with Claudio Marchisio equalising six minutes later.

Simone Pepe made it 2-1 for Luigi Del Neri’s side on 50 minutes, before Antonio Cassano levelled against the run of play on 64.

Soon afterwards Fabio Quagliarella put the home side back in front, but five minutes later Pozzi brought the score to 3-3 with his second goal of the afternoon.

An even and entertaining first half saw both sides exchange and miss good chances, as Del Neri faced the side he took to the brink of Champions League qualification before defecting to underachieving Juve.

The hosts went close through Alessandro Del Piero, who had a shot blocked by Daniele Gastaldello and sent a free-kick just wide, and Quagliarella, who failed to meet Milos Krasic’s knock-down.

For Sampdoria, Pozzi forced a good save from Marco Storari when he ran clean through, while Cassano missed two sitters, air-kicking from Daniele Dessena’s pass on five minutes and firing straight at Marco Storari on 35.

But soon after that miss the visitors broke the deadlock, as Cassano atoned for his profligacy with a good run down the left and a clever ball to Pozzi, who was given the freedom of the penalty area to slide the finish into the bottom left.

Juve rallied, with Del Piero’s free-kick agonisingly wide, and they levelled three minutes before the break, when Marchisio rifled Krasic’s inventive flick on into the roof of the net.

They carried the momentum into the second half, pressurising Samp from the off.

They took the lead when Krasic found space on the right to put in a wicked cross that Gastaldello almost put into his own net, only to be denied by Curci: Pepe was on hand to bundle in the loose ball at the far post.

The Bianconeri were dominant now and should have made it three on the hour mark, when Krasic showed great skill to run through from the right, only for Curci to bat away his finish.

Curci was called into action a minute later, well-placed to clutch Pepe’s far-post finish although the Italy winger should have done better.

But, against the run of play, Samp drew level. Substitute Pedro Obiang won a corner on the left which was taken short, with Cassano’s half-volleyed finish trickling in at the far post via the outstretched hand of Storari.

That was on 64 minutes and three minutes later Juve were ahead again, Quagliarella refusing to celebrate against his former side when he netted a tap-in after Pepe’s low drive came back off the post.

Samp were not done though as, on 72 minutes, substitute Guido Marilungo had an immediate impact with a superb right-wing cross that Pozzi was again given time and space to finish, this time with his head.

In the latter stages Juve were wondering just how they could not win the game - substitute Alberto Aquilani pulled the strings but Vicenzo Iaquinta and Felipe Melo were unable to finish off good chances.

The result means Sampdoria join a host of teams on four points, behind minnows Chievo, who have a 100 per cent record with two wins in two games after a surprise 3-1 victory at Genoa.

Reda Maher / Eurosport

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