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Serie A

  • May 18, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 23000

Live Commentary

  • That's that then! I hope that you have enjoyed's LIVE coverage of Sampdoria's memorable end of season victory at the expensive of Serie A champions Juventus! I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to catch you all again next time.
  • The game's opener looked to be sending Juventus to yet another league win, after Quagliarella converted just before the half hour mark. However, this proved not to be the case, as an Eder penalty and a goal apiece for Iccardi and De Silvestri managed to push the hosts toward victory.
  • A last gasp goal from Giaccherini put the cat briefly among the pigeons, but the home side were able to ride out the game after a heroic performance from their defenders and a very busy Da Costa.
  • FULL TIME! Sampdoria end the season on a high, with a memorable 3-2 victory over Serie A champions Juventus, on a rainy evening in Genova!
  • 90' + 4'
    Free-kick to Juve at the edge of the 18 yard box, after Giaccherini was brought down. Pirlo hits the wall, it bobbles through to Da Costa, and that looks to have been Juve's last chance gone begging!
  • 90' + 2'
    BONUCCI! The defender gambles and pushes on, and manages to get his head on a back post cross! It bounces harmlessly wide, Da Costa looks relieved though!
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Emanuele Giaccherini
    GOOOOAL! Giaccherini! What a great finish from the Juventus midfielder! Could the away side be back in with the chance of a point?
  • 90'
    We're into stoppage time, and Juventus are definitely going to walk home empty handed tonight. A hard-working Sampdoria side have nullified the away side's threats, and look very comfortable, it must be said.
  • 88'
    Da Costa saves! De Ceglie tries his luck from range, but the Sampdoria stopper manages to get behind the ball well.
  • 87'
    It looks as though it's the end of Bendtner's game, as he looked to land horribly on his wrist after missing out on an aerial challenge. Juventus will have to play on with ten men, they've already made all of their subs.
  • 86'
    NO PENALTY! Bendtner is flattened when trying to challenge for the ball in the air, and looks to have really hurt his wrist here. The hosts are certainly in control though, they're happy to run the clock down for what will be a very welcome three points.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionMarcelo Estigarribia Gaetano Berardi
  • 84'
    Bendtner has taken up until now to actually get his first touch, which essentially embodies Juve's offensive woes. Sampdoria are happy to sit back and hold onto their valuable lead.
  • 82'
    This game has devolved into chaos, with Juventus' hurriedly looking for a route back into the game, but tempers rising ever so slightly. You certainly wouldn't guess that this game was the final day of the season, nobody is on their holiday yet!
  • 80'
    SubstitutionEder Gianluca Sansone
  • 80'
    SubstitutionMarco Storari Rubinho
  • 80'
    Da Costa! The Sampdoria stopper makes an important save to palm over a header, following a good delivery from Pirlo. The earlier aggression was a result of the referee looking to give a penalty for Juve, but then changing his mind!
  • 78'
    Tempers are rising! Chiellini is raging and being held back by his teammates, after Sampdoria's players complained to the referee over his decision to award a foul for a push on Quagliarella!
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Mauro Icardi
  • 76'
    Iccardi was extremely fortunate with that finish! After attempting to slide the ball home with his right instep, he managed to miss the ball! His mistake wasn't to prove costly, though, as the cross deflected off his heel and across the line.
  • 75'
    Assist Marcelo Estigarribia
  • 75'
    Goal Mauro Icardi
  • 75'
    GOOOAL! The game is beyond doubt now, Sampdoria break fantastically and Iccardi's taps home!
  • 74'
    SubstitutionSebastian Giovinco Nicklas Bendtner
  • 74'
    SubstitutionSimone Padoin Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • 73'
    Sampdoria are standing firm, despite plenty of possession for Juventus in wide areas. The visitors can't quite find the delivery required to get themselves an equaliser, possibly due to the lack of height in the final third, which will be remedied by Bendtner's imminent arrival.
  • 71'
    The referee is waving away a penalty appeal, after Eder thought he was unfairly stripped of the ball as he reached the byline. No interest from the referee, and rightly so.
  • 70'
    QUAGLIARELLA! SITTER! After a good delivery from the left, all that Juve's goalscorer must do is place the ball either side of Da Costa, but instead puts the ball within reach of the Brazilian! Poor effort.
  • 68'
    Pirlo gives the ball away uncharacteristically, and Sampdoria break, but Bonucci does well to nullify the threat. There is a feeling of Juve not quite having the spark to carve open the hosts, they're sitting deep and very disciplined.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionAngelo Palombo Gianni Munari
  • 66'
    Poli tries his luck from distance, but drags his shot wide. Sampdoria have managed to get their foot on the ball in the past few minutes, possibly due to tiring Juve legs, but the home side look very comfortable.
  • 64'
    Sampdoria are holding out very well at the moment, maintaining their shape and forcing Juve to try hopeful balls into the penalty area - which Castellini is meeting with ease. It might be time for substitution for the visitors, they're lacking penetration.
  • 63'
    Juve have been extremely wasteful from their set pieces this evening, the usually trust right foot of Pirlo has failed to really find it's intended target and as a result, Sampdoria have looked relatively untroubled.
  • 61'
    CHIELLINI! Another drive from the edge of the box for the adventurous defender, after Giovinco did well to twist and turn before setting the opportunity for his teammate. It's diverted wide again, but Juve fail to create anything from the corner.
  • 59'
    This really hasn't been Juve's night, despite creating chance after chance, they just haven't been able to convert. Sampdoria, on the other hand, have been far more clinical, they've had a handful of chances but have managed to net twice.
  • 57'
    Assist Marcelo Estigarribia
  • 57'
    Goal Lorenzo De Silvestri
    GOAL! De Silvestri! He beats Isla to the ball at the near post, and heads Sampdoria into a totally undeserved lead! They don't care though!
  • 57'
    EDER! The Brazilian gets all of his ferocity behind a drive from 25 yards, but Storari is equal to it! He palms it behind for a corner.
  • 55'
    GREAT SAVE! Da Costa denies Padoin brilliantly with a strong left arm, after the Juve utility man was played through one-on-one! Conte will be wondering how his side aren't ahead yet!
  • 54'
    CLOSE! QUAGLIARELLA AGAIN! After great work down the left flank, the ball is flighted in toward the front post. Quagliarella gets ahead of his marker well, but turns the ball the wrong side of the post!
  • 53'
    QUAGLIARELLI! De Ceglie finds himself in an advanced position, but unselfishly finds his teammate on the edge of the 18 yard box. The goalscorer tries his luck at the near post, but Da Costa smothers.
  • 51'
    Another chance for Juve goes begging! Pirlo whips in a free-kick, which is half cleared by Sampdoria, before a hammer-strike rebound effort is blocked by a wall of blue shirts. The home side are defending well, it must be said.
  • 50'
    Both sides are still attempting to play their football, with Juve in particular keen to play out from the back. I can't remember the last time that Storari kicked the ball out of his hands.
  • 48'
    CLOSE! JUVE! A good ball across the six yard box from De Ceglie is smothered well by Da Costa, as no challenge from any black and white shirts was forthcoming.
  • 46'
    And we are back underway, for the second half of a rather rainy clash between Sampdoria and Juventus, with both sides level at 1-1! The visitors will probably want to right the wrongs of the opening 45 minutes, as despite domination, they are level.
  • Sampdoria's manager will be the happier of the two at the break, as his side have battled well and caused Juve a few problems on the break. Juventus will need to just persevere with their current game plan, as they're far superior when in possession of the ball.
  • There goes the half time whistle! Despite all of Juve's good work, the visitors are level, as Eder converted a 31st minute penalty to cancel out Quagliarella's opener.
  • 44'
    Another corner, another opportunity for Juve. This time it is Bonucci's turn to direct the ball out for a goal kick, and it's chances like that which the champions just might come to rue at the end of the game.
  • 43'
    Juventus are still trying to play their football determinedly, but Sampdoria are just beginning to force a few errors with some high pressing. It seems that only Juve can be the architects of their own downfall, as they have been superior throughout, bar a few little mistakes.
  • 41'
    CHIELLINI! Pirlo whips in a customary good corner delivery, and the rugged defender rises highest to win the header, but he can only direct it over the bar! He looks annoyed with himself, and it's probably only right that he feels that way, it was a great chance.
  • 40'
    QUAGLIARELLA! Da Costa palms a save directly out to Juve's goalscorer, but he can't turn the rebound home thanks to a heroic block from Gastaldello. The referee pulls play back, however, as Quagliarella was adjudged to handle the ball, I think.
  • 39'
    Unlucky for Giovinco! After patient build up play from Juventus once more, the ball is worked into his feet, and he nutmegs Gastaldello well to try and wriggle free into some space. Despite beating his man, the ball clips off the heel of another defender and Sampdoria clear.
  • 37'
    POLI! Despite being in a tangle of legs with a teammate, the midfielder manages to try his luck from just outside the 18 yard box, but another Juve block is thrown in and the ball goes behind for a corner - which is cleared.
  • 36'
    Close for the hosts again! Juve give the ball away in the centre of midfield, but an intelligent pass can't quite find Icardi, who peels off his man well. Sampdoria do look dangerous on the counter.
  • 34'
    The hosts are very fortunate to be level here, Juventus have enjoyed total domination in this first half, bar a five minute spell early on. Eder is beginning to cause some problems when in possession though, as his trickery and pace is a threat.
  • 33'
    CLOSE! Eder drives forward minutes after converting his penalty, but after lining up his strike at goal, Chiellini comes across well to make a block.
  • 31'
    Penalty Goal Eder
    GOOOAL! 1-1! Storari gets close to it, but Eder slots it home! The hosts are back in the game, despite Juve's domination.
  • 29'
    PENALTY! The referee has awarded a penalty, for an adjudged push on Icardi by Giorgio Chiellini, despite the protests of the Juve man.
  • 28'
    Juventus aren't prepared to sit back after their breakthrough, and are straight back on the offensive after the restart. Padion and Chiellini are being allowed to really press forward and contribute going forward.
  • 26'
    Upon a second viewing, Quagliarella was perhaps a little fortunate there, his strike managed to bobble over the outstretched arms of Da Costa! Conte's men won't mind though, as their pressure and chances come to fruition.
  • 25'
    Assist Andrea Pirlo
  • 25'
    Goal Fabio Quagliarella
    GOOOAL! QUAGLIARELLA! It was coming, that was for sure! The striker is slipped in behind Sampdoria's defensive lines, before passing the ball home past the helpless Da Costa. Juve lead!
  • 23'
    GIOVINCO! Da Costa has his palms stung once more, as Giovinco cuts in from the left and lets fly yet again! Juve are smelling blood here, they're being allowed far too much space.
  • 22'
    QUAGLIARELLA! Fantastic build up play from Juventus. The visitors worked the ball across midfield well, before laying the ball into the feet of Quagliarella, who was allowed to turn and shoot! He drags his effort just wide of the post.
  • 21'
    OOOH! A deflection almost beats Da Costa! Chiellini strikes a powerful effort at goal, it takes a cruel, cruel deflection, but Da Costa does just enough to keep it out!
  • 19'
    I would say that both managers will be pleased by their side's showing so far. Sampdoria have given the ball away needlessly in midfield at times, but for the most part have looked Juventus. The champions look similarly solid, and have tested Da Costa well.
  • 17'
    Castallini makes an important block! As Juve break, with four attackers to Sampdoria back three, Isla attempts to whip the ball across the six yard box, but Castellini slides in well to deny him, before Gastaldello mops up the loose ball.
  • 15'
    GIOVINCO! After holding onto the ball and drifting inside from the left flank, the little winger lets fly with his right foot, but his effort is easily collected by Da Costa inbetween the Sampdoria posts.
  • 14'
    An even game so far, it really has an ebb and flow about it. Juve started well, but Sampdoria have reminded them that they're here to win with some good pressure in the last five minutes.
  • 12'
    Close for Isla again! The Chilean has seen plenty of the ball in these early stages but his delivery has been slightly wayward of where he would've liked to have put it. This time he hangs a ball up toward the back post, but noone is there to meet it.
  • 11'
    QUAGLIARELLA! Great strike, it's the first time that the Italian has really got on the ball! He smashes it straight at Da Costa, but the ball swerves slightly, forcing the Brazilian to beat the ball away!
  • 9'
    The rain might have a profound effect on this game, as we've already seen a slip in an important area for Estigarribia, and the ball really is zipping about. Sampdoria are still piling on the pressure, but Juve are putting bodies on the line well.
  • 8'
    Good play from Juventus! After managing to half clear their lines, the visitors switch the play nicely, from Giaccherini to Isla on the right hand side, but the Chilean can't quite find Quagliarella with his cross.
  • 7'
    EDER! Chiellini now has to put in a block to deny the Brazilian, as Sampdoria just begin to creep into the equation after a sluggish start. Juve are struggling to clear their lines.
  • 6'
    ESTIGARRIBIA! The Paraguayan is gifted possession inside the Juventus penalty area, but his standing foot slips as he attempts to strike the ball! Unlucky!
  • 5'
    Juventus have started the brighter of the two halves, already getting both wide men Isla and Giaccherini involved in the game, and the pair have both created half chances.
  • 3'
    GIOVINCO! So close for the diminutive forward! Mustafi makes a wonderful intervention to clear the ball behind after a good cross from Isla was almost turned home by Giovinco!
  • 2'
    The visitors start composedly, stroking the ball around with confidence and patience. They certainly don't look like a team who are already on holiday!
  • 1'
    Referee Andrea Gervasoni blows his whistle to signal the start of the first half, and we are underway!
  • We're a few minutes from kick-off now, with both sides lining up on the field for the pre-match handshakes. Despite their poor run of late, Sampdoria must fancy their chances tonight with Juve leaving key players out.
  • Tweet me your predictions for tonight's clash between Sampdoria and a weakened Juventus side, you can find me here: @simonhfootball. Surely the hosts must have a chance given the changes?
  • STAT: Sampdoria are winless since March, sitting in mid-table obscurity, whereas their opponents tonight haven't lost a league game since February.
  • Despite a rotated Juventus side, the league champions have plenty of first team faces among the substitutes for tonight's game, with the likes of Buffon, Marchisio, Vucinic and Vidal warming the bench.
  • Juventus starting line-up: Storari, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Ceglie, Cacares, Isla, Pirlo, Padoin, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Giovinco.
  • Sampdoria starting line-up: Da Costa, De Silvestri, Castellini, Gastaldello, Mustafi, Palombo, Poli, Obiang, Estigarribia, Eder, Icardi.
  • I'm Simon Harrison, and I'll be the one keeping you up to date with all of the action from Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, as a Sampdoria side which are bang out of form, face a rotated Juventus starting line-up.
  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE coverage of Saturday's only Serie A fixture as champions Juventus travel to Sampdoria as the two sides play out their final game of the season.