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19 May 2013

Sampdoria v Juventus, the statistics

The Bianconeri left to rue their misfortune as a dominant display at the Stadio Luigi Ferrarris is not enough for a winning end to the campaign

Juventus had every reason to rue their misfortune after coming up short in their attempts to end this season’s championship campaign on a winning note in Genoa.

On another night, 24 shots on goal, 13 of which were on target, might well have enabled the Champions of Italy to round off a glorious term with a comfortable success.

But Sampdoria, who ran out 2-1 winners in January’s reverse fixture at Juventus Stadium, again saved their ruthless streak for Antonio Conte’s men, pouncing against the run of play on three separate occasions to condemn the visitors to their fifth league defeat of the season.   

With 60% possession, Juventus held a tight grip on proceedings from start to finish and deservedly look the lead when former Samp striker Fabio Quagliarella - who represented the Bianconeri’s most potent threat with a total of eight shots – exhibited exquisite control to cushion Andrea Pirlo’s pinpoint delivery into his path before slotting past Júnior da Costa.

Trailing Quagliarella on four shots was Emanuele Giaccherini, who saw another all-action performance rewarded by a precise curling finish which reduced the deficit in the dying stages.    

In defence, Giorgio Chiellini was the star of the show, recovering 30 balls whilst also urging his team-mates forward with consistently accurate deliveries from the back. A figure of 91 saw the 28-year-old top the passes completed index, followed by Martin Caceres on 70 and Andrea Pirlo on 68.