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January 23, 2011
• Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
Referee: P. Valeri
• Attendance: 26958
That's time! 0-0. Not a classic, but it was a quick paced, end-to-end game from the first minute. Highly enjoyable stuff, if a little too physical. Both sides will be feeling the effects of this one for quite some time! 0-0 at the end. Thankyou for following the game on goal.com.
90' + 4'
Volta has had to go off for treatment but comes back intothe game quickly. Juventus play the ball forward, but Chiellini is judged to have committed a foul in the opposition box. Freekick for Sampdoria.
90' + 3'
Sampdoria again, and they get nothing but a throw. Attacking on the right and Juve win posession well.
90' + 2'
Sampdoria break away but their final pass is too long and is recovered by Buffon! Dramatic closing minutes here!
90' + 2'
Martinez again on the right wing, puts the ball in for Del Piero and he skies it! Row Z! Poor effort! Juventus should have put this game to bed!
90' + 1'
Four minutes of added time here. Will we see a late winner? Pepe delivers another great ball from the left, Martinez picks it up and centres it for Amauri who wastes it again!
Juventus deliver another ball in from the left, but Amauri wastes his opportunity to head the ball in! We could be in for a scintilating finish to this game!
Sampdoria try to push forward again, but lose the ball, and Martinez launches a counter-attack down the right-wing, delivers to Del Piero who puts his effort straight at the keeper! Great save from Curci, who had to get to the ground quickly to keep that one out!
Yellow Card Daniele Mannini
Pepe tries to run deep from midfield, but is brought down by a push from behind by Mannini, who picks up a yellow card for his efforts.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
Marchisio is booked for pulling on the shirt of Angel Palombo as they both chase down the ball.
Juventus break forward, and Amauri looks to have been brought down by Accardi, but it is Accardi who wins the freekick! That was about 25 yards out and Juventus would have had a good opportunity there, but the ref gets it wrong again!
Martinez has come on, but it's Aquilani who comes off and Pepe will continue.
Del Piero plays in a cross from the right wing but it goes over everybody's heads.
Martinez was ready to come on for Pepe, but he's back up for the moment recieving treatement on the touchline. No change made yet, so he may be able to continue.
Juve doing a great job of holding possession in defence. They try to send a long ball forward but it is picked up by Ziegler, and Pepe seems to be hurt. It look as if he tripped over the assistant referee.... the officials certainly playing a part in this one!
Ten minutes left in this one, and Sampdoria are attacking again. Another corner, and Buffon collects it well.
Sampdoria attack again! Guberti plays the ball wide to Mannini, his deliver is picked up well, but the ball goes out for a corner eventually, and that is wasted.
Sissoko makes another bad challenge and the freekick goes to Sampdoria, but he avoids another booking. If he carries on this way he'll be lucky to stay on.
Good pressure by Sampdoria! A lot of jostling in the box, the ball goes out of the box and Sampdoria's long range effort goes wide.
Grosso has a long range effort here. Finds space well but blasts it well over. worth the effort, but not a great effort when he did take it.
Yellow Card Mohamed Lamine Sissoko
Wonderful passing from Juventus in midfield, but eventually they run into a defender, and Sissoko tears down Accardi to try and retrieve the ball. His tackling has been sloppy in this one, and he's booked this time, but really it's well overdue.
Del Piero brough down in midfield, and the freekick comes in, only to be met by a defender once more.
Pepe delivers a great cross after a wonderful passing move from Juve, Amauri connects with the header this time, but he puts it wide. Del Piero again played the final ball to Pepe to allow him that cross. Great performance so far from the veteran striker.
Now Pozzi is off, after a very short cameo in this game. Must be carrying an injury but not sure where it came from... Maybe Chiellini's challenge took something out of him, it was a hard hit.
Aquilani plays a great pass to Pepe on the left flank. He tries to cut inside but is met by a defender.
Juventus try to break again, but they get a freekick in midfield after Aquilani is taken down by a hard challenge. No injuries this time, and the freekick is wasted.
Del Piero plays a fantastic ball into the box from the left hand side, but Pepe can't reach it! Del Piero is proving Del Neri right so far! He looks lively, and his deliveries have been great. Still no goals in this one though.
Sampdoria counter and Chiellini brings down Pozzi in the box! Miles from the ball, he leads with his shoulder and takes out Pozzi, but no penalty! A bad call from the referee, Chiellini made no effort to get the ba;; and Sampdoria are horribly unlucky no to have that penalty!
Juventus break again with a nice pass from Aquilani into Del Piero, who tries to put it to the right flank but his pass is intercepted easily.
Yellow Card Stefano Guberti
Corner for Sampdoria, and after a lot of jostling to win the ball in the box, the ball is cleared. Juve break on the counter, and Guberti is booked for a harsh challenge on Del Piero as he breaks away. Free-kick put in and collected easily by Curci. The Sampdoria shot stopper is doing a great job at coming out to retrieve these crosses and long balls so far.
Sissoko unleashes a nice volley from 20 yards, but it goes well over, Good technique to get the shot off.
Pazzini is brought down hard, and he needs to come off. The physicality continues and Nicola Pozzi has come on to replace Pazzini.
So close for Juve! Motta delivers a great cross from the right wing, and it goes just inches over Amauri's head, who was in a great position to knock it in! That was close!
Alessandro Del Piero
Krasic is off for Del Piero. He was Juventus' liveliest figure in the first half, and this is a strange decision from Del Neri. We'll see how it works out.
Daniele Mannini makes a great run through midfield, and wins the freekick as Grosso put his feet way too high to clear the ball. Long freekick directed towards the bx, but comes to nothing.
Pepe again! He has a decent chance at goal, but he puts his effort straight into the keeper. That may have taken a slight deflection, but the ball didn't seem to change direction much.
Pepe makes an absolutely staggering run into the box, passes out wide to Krasic who tris to centre the ball but is inaccurate. Fantastic play by Simone Pepe!
Palombo plays a long freekick into the box but Sampdoria are unable to get onto the ball and capitalise. Another wasted chance.
Yellow Card Giorgio Chiellini
Chiellini is booked for a really rough challenge in midfield on Macheda.
Sampdoria on the attack now, playing well outside the box and Pazzini! The ball is played through the defence so well, he ends up 1-on-1 with Buffon and puts it wide! That's not like him at all! Should be 1-0!
Juventus play a freekick just inside Sampdoria's half towards the box, but Curci comes off his line and retrieves the ball well.
Juventus applying early pressure in this second half, and Aquilani is down on the ground after running into the referee! He'll be okay to continue though.
Sampdoria kick off the second half!
And that's time on the first half. The referee blows his whistle and the half ends, goalless still. It's been a high tempo, entertaining game, but it's been very physical and not much in the way of incident around either goal. Luigi del Neri was particularly vocal throughout the half, and I imagine he'll have a lot to say to pep up his Juventus side for the second half.
45' + 3'
Another foul in midfield goes against Pepe, after he is judged to have fouled a Sampdoria defender. He went down from very little contact there!
45' + 2'
Amauri goes down in the box! He's judged to have taken a dive and Sampdoria get the freekick. It looked as though he went down a bit too easily, and he should have no complaints there, but he does.
45' + 1'
Krasic switching onto the left flank this time. He loses the ball there but shows a pit-bull like determination to win the ball back. He looks really up for this game, and is the most likely person to make the difference here, as the game heads towards half-time.
Juventus passing around in defence now. They push forward patiently, get the ball to Krasic on the right wing who puts in another cross, but it goes straight out for a goal kick.
It's Krasic again on the right wing, firing in another good cross, but Sampdoria win the aerial battle and clear. Neither defence being broken down by these high balls and crosses.
Sampdoria attack down the right, and get a decent delivery in, but Juventus win the battle in the air again, and it comes to nothing. Very little so far in the way of goalmouth incident, but an enjoyable, end to end game nonetheless.
Juventus are looking a little frustrated now, disputing every decision that goes Sampdoria's way.
Juventus try to attack, but Sampdoria recover the ball and Sissoko runs in carelessly and fouls the defender. Lucky to escape a booking there.
Sampdoria holding the ball in their defensive third, unable to clear. They eventually win the throw-in and get the ball up to midfield.
Yellow Card Simone Pepe
Juventus break froma great ball forward, play is stopped for handball and Pepe is booked. He put the ball in the net after play was stopped, great shot but it was never going to count.
Freekick to Sampdoria. Ziegler swings it towards the far post, but he puts too much on it. Nobody can get there to meet is delivery and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Nearly! The best chance of the game so far goes begging as Pepe puts in a fantastic cross from the right wing, but Sampdoria get it clear for a corner. Corner comes in and Bonucci! So close from the defender! Free head towards goal but Curci makes a great save and holds the ball!
This is still a very physical affair. This tme Pazzini is fouled trying to break forward into midfield after coming back to support the defence.
Wonderful passing move breaks down for Sampdoria. Not really pushing forward with any urgency, but their passing was very accurate up until the interception.
Sampdoria attemp another attack from the long ball from midfield, but Juentus' height advantage at the back is proving too much for them so far. The long balls simply aren't working for them, and they need to look for another tactic.
Juventus pushing the ball around in the attacking third, get the ball out to the left and the cross in is a good one! Krasic is judged to have fouled his marker and the attack breaks down.
Sampdoria get the chance to break forward atfer intercepting a pass from Aquilani, switch the ball to the right flank and the delivery is good but Juventus clear well.
Yellow Card Marco Motta
Motta is booked for another sloppy challenge in midfield on Stefano Guberti.
Sampdoria try to break down the left flank, but are stopped by a fantastic tackle and they get the throw. Foul by Motta and now Sampdoria have a freekick on the left flank. Played up towards the edge of the 18 yard box, and Juve block the long range effort well.
Sissoko is walking off of the pitch to get treatment on the sidelines. Positive for Juventus is that he is indeed walking.
Thrilling match so far, end to end stuff, but it's been a physical affair, and now Sissoko is down on the ground. Surely not another substitution?
Freekick from around 30 yards for Juve, Grosso tries to cross it in but it is cleared easily by Sampdoria. Juventus recover the ball and Aquilani gets forward and puts his shot well over.
Sampdoria calling for a freekick as they hold the ball near the corner flag on the left flank, and their player goes to ground. Looks more like he slipped there, good decision by the ref not to give it.
Krasic attempts to run through again after intercepting a ppass backwards to defence from Ziegler, but he brings down the recieving defender and gives away a freekick. Sloppy play from him.
Krasic breaks down the right wing for Juventus, and is unlucky not to get the freekick as he is brought down rather recklessly just outside the box.
Sampdoria try to attack with a long ball from their own half, but are unable to break the defence and Juventus clear easily.
Accardi has come on to replace the injured Lucchini. Both sides forced into early substitutions due to injuries.
Lucchini is down on the floor after taking an elbow to the face. He's being stretchered off and it's unclear whether he will play a further part in this game. We'll keep you updated on that one.
Long range effort from Simone Pepe goes well over the bar, Poor effort, could have looked for the pass on that occasion.
Both sides trade attacks again, but neither can produce anythng particularly significant.
Now Sampdoria break forward with Pazzini, who runs straight into the Juve backline, and Juve try to counter but the ball upfield is too long.
Aquilani maks a nice run into midfield, and tries to play the one-two wih Marchisio, but the return pass is too long and recovered well by Sampdoria.
Juventus try to break forward, but Amauri jumps unfairly on Lucchini and it's a freekick to Sampdora deep in their own half.
Traore limps off the field to be replaced very early in the game. Grosso is on to replace him.
Juventus get us kicked off here, and break forward quickly, but give the ball straight to Curci in the Sampdoria net.
Both sides fielding a strong squad here, with Macheda and Pazzini both in the starting line-up for Sampdoria, and Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks again for Juventus, still first choice over Marco Storari who did an excellent job in his absence.
Hello and welcome to goal.com's coverage of the Serie A clash between Sampdoria and Juventus at Luigi Ferraris. Last time these two met the result was 3-3 in week two of the league.
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