20 September 2020
Juventus started their Serie A campaign with a win 3-0 win over Sampdoria at Allianz Stadium on Sunday evening. Kulusevski opened the scoring in the first, before second half goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the result.
KULU STRIKES ON DEBUT
It was Andrea Pirlo’s first ever official match on the Juventus bench, and his first formation saw the Bianconeri line-up in a 5-4-1 formation. The home side dominated possession from the get-go, and they nearly went a goal up in the sixth minute when Danilo struck a fierce effort that flew over the left corner by inches. Ronaldo was denied by an Audero save from close range, but just minutes later they were 1-0 up after Kulusevski fired in an angled left-footed drive that rattled the back of the net to give himself a great to his debut. The Portuguese then smacked the crossbar after a promising breakaway, before firing an effort inches wide after Ramsey played him in.
BONUCCI DOUBLES THE LEAD
The opening minute of the second stanza saw equal play between both sides, with neither team testing the opposition’s goalkeeper. De Sciglio, who had replaced Frabotta, saw his effort skim just wide of the far post. The Bianconeri were finding their rhythm against and they doubled the lead after a goalmouth scramble. McKennie had initially prodded it straight at Audero, but the rebound fell in the path of Bonucci, who then poked it over the line from close range. The American was find himself in good positions inside the box and he came close to getting a third but Audero pulled off an impressive save off the line to somehow block his effort with his foot!
AND RONALDO WRAPS IT UP
Sampdoria threatened with an effort from Quagliarella, but it would be Ronaldo who would have the final say when he made it 3-0. Ramsey played a smart through ball for the CR7, who struck an angled drive into the far bottom corner to wrap up all three points.
Juventus: Szczesny; Bonucci, Chiellini (Demiral 85’), Danilo; Cuadrado (Bentancur 78’), Rabiot, McKennie, Frabotta (De Sciglio 67’); Kulusevski (Douglas Costa 82’), Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramsey
Sampdoria: Audero; Bereszynski, Tonelli, Colley, Augello; Depaoli, Thorsby, Ekdal, Leris, Jankto; Bonazzoli