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    14.12.2013 18:43 - in: S

    Primavera slip to first home league loss of the season

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    Sampdoria consign Andrea Zanchetta’s youngsters to this season’s first league reverse on home soil. All attentions now turn to next weekend’s visit of Torino, with a place in the Coppa Italia semi-finals at stake

    A first-half header from Sampdoria defender Matteo Caracciolo condemned the Primavera to their first home league reverse of the season this afternoon at Chisola.

    Andrea Zanchetta’s side, who approached the game following their 5-0 drubbing of Galatasaray in midweek, featured first-team star Simone Pepe, who completed an encouraging 90 minutes as he nears a return to full fitness.  

    A strong start saw the Bianconeri fashion several chances to open the scoring, only for a combination of poor finishing and the form of visiting goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone to deny them what seemed a certain breakthrough.

    Yet it was the Blucerchiati, coached by their former frontman Enrico Chiesa, who took the lead against the run of play on 37 minutes, Caracciolo heading home after Gianmarco Vannucchi was caught off guard when coming to claim a corner.

    Juventus pushed for a way back into the encounter during a frantic second-half assault on enemy territory, but despite creating a few chances, the best of which fell to Gerbaudo, were ultimately kept at bay by stubborn Sampdoria defending.

    In spite of the dropped points the Bianconeri still remain in the playoff hunt and will be looking to end 2013 on a high when inter-city rivals Torino make the short trip to Chisola for next Saturday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final clash.

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