It wasn't one for the neutral as both sides lost players through injury...Luigi Del Neri returned to his former club for whom he delivered Champions League football but his Juventus side had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw with Sampdoria. In a bruising encounter lacking in quality, three players had their afternoons cut short through injury.
Juventus were forced into an early chance as Armand Traore picked up an injury in the first minute and the Frenchman had to be replaced by Fabio Grosso. In a combative opening to the match, Pietro Accardi was forced off after eleven minutes after suffering an blow to his cheekbone from a stray Amauri elbow.
The first decent chance for the visitors came on the half-hour when Simone Pepe swung in an excellent cross looking for Amauri. Massimo Volta was there in the nick of time with an important header behind but seconds later, Gianluigi Curci saved a free header from the unmarked Leonardo Bonucci. That was as good as it got in a first-half almost devoid of goalmouth action.
Sampdoria should have taken the lead on 49 minutes when Reto Ziegler's mishit found Giampaolo Pazzini eight yards out. He took the ball under control and somehow contrived to poke the ball wide of the goal to spurn comfortably the best chance of the game at that point.
Nine minutes later, the Sampdoria defence opened up for Marco Motta but his teasing cross from the right agonisingly eluded Amauri's leap. The home side suffered a blow when Pazzini had to be replaced after sustaining an ankle injury. Federico Macheda had a penalty shout turned down after what was adjudged to have been a shoulder charge from Giorgio Chiellini.
Juventus threatened on 71 minutes when Amauri flung himself at Simone Pepe's accurate ball but he was unable to keep his header down, continuing his record of not scoring in Serie A this season. Four minutes later, an excellent intervention from Volta snatched the ball away from Alberto Aquilani at the last minute.
It was the Bianconeri who pushed for a winner in the latter stages of the game. Substitute Alessandro Del Piero looked to have won it with ninty seconds left but Curci made a superb save in the Sampdoria goal. Jorge Martinez made a difference in the final five minutes and his cross was incredibly blasted over by Del Piero, to the disbelief of everyone in white.
The Blucerchiati move above Cagliari with a point into ninth place while Juventus move level on points with fifth placed Inter.