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Juventus hit Samp for four in six-goal Sunday night thriller

Juventus hit Samp for four in six-goal Sunday night thriller
Juventus hit Samp for four in six-goal Sunday night thriller
Juventus hit Samp for four in six-goal Sunday night thriller

Juventus scored four against Sampdoria to notch up their 16th win of the season. First half goals from Bremer and Adrian Rabiot were cancelled out before the break but the Frenchman added a second to restore the advantage 20 minutes after the break.

Wrapping up the evening's goals was the first Serie A strike from Mati Soulé in stoppage time. In between the Bianconeri hit the woodwork three times, twice by Dušan Vlahović.


The low-key start to the match belied the explosion of emotion that would arrive with four goals in the space of 11 minutes.

Sampdoria looked dangerous twice through Manolo Gabbiadini in the opening 10 minutes. The captain on the night fired wide when one-on-one with Mattia Perin, before testing the keeper from range three minutes later.

Juve then scored with their first effort on target. A corner from Filip Kostić was met by Bremer, who powered his header beyond Martin Turk. The Slovenian keeper, on his Serie A debut, would soon be called on again to defend another set piece.

On 25’ Dušan Vlahović won a corner when his shot was deflected out by Bruno Damione. The visitors did not deal with the first delivery and when Fabio Miretti received possession he played in an inch-perfect cross, which Adrien Rabiot headed home.

The French midfielder celebrated a third goal in as many home appearances in Serie A.

At two goals up with 26 minutes played Juve looked to be cruising. However, two goals in a minute pulled Sampdoria level.

The first arrived following a Filip Đuričić run, which had split the home defence. His pass picked out Mehdi Leris, whose shot was deflected into the path of Tommaso Augello, who curled the ball beyond Perin. There wasn’t time to take a breath before Đuričić finished off a run and cross from Alessandro Zanioli.

The stadium and the team were shell-shocked, but if Juve had already found a way past the visiting defence twice then they had the ability to do it again.

Massimiliano Allegri introduced Juan Cuadrado and Manuel Locatelli at the start of the second half. Cuadrado signalled Juve’s intentions from long range on 63’. One minute later, an attack down the opposite flank produced Juve’s third goal of the evening.

Kostić and Rabiot swapped passes at the half-way line to release the Frenchman. Another exchange, this time between Rabiot and Nicolò Fagioli at the edge of the area, gave the number 25 a sight of goal, and he didn’t wait for a second invitation, powering his shot beyond Turk.

Three minutes later, there was a chance to open a two goal advantage for the second time. Locatelli won the ball in the centre of the park to send Cuadrado galloping down the flank. The winger made his way into the area and when he checked his run, he was tripped by Augello.

Vlahović took the responsibility from 12 yards but struck his penalty off the post.

Juve continued to push players forward in search of the killer fourth goal. Matias Soulé had a shot saved before Cuadrado cracked an effort off the crossbar.

Deep into stoppage time, the decisive goal arrived. Kostić again delivered an inviting cross, Vlahović won the header. Somehow Turk parried the striker’s effort onto the bar but Soulé pounced on the loose ball to head into the empty net.

The entire team surrounded the young Argentine to celebrate together his debut strike in Serie A, the goal that ensured Juve collected another three points.


SCORERS: 11′ Bremer, 26′ Rabiot, 31′ Augello, 32′ Đuričić, 65′ Rabiot, 90’+4′ Soulé

JUVENTUS: Perin; Danilo, Bonucci (46′ Cuadrado), Bremer (83′ Rugani); De Sciglio (87′ Gatti), Fagioli, Barrenechea (46′ Locatelli), Rabiot, Kostic; Miretti (72′ Soulé); Vlahovic. Subs not used: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Paredes, Compagnon, Iling-Junior. Coach: Allegri

SAMPDORIA: Turk; Gunter, Nuytinck (76′ Paoletti), Amione; Zanoli, Winks, Rincon (82′ Malagrida), Augello (72′ Murru); Leris, Đuričić (72′ Jesè); Gabbiadini. Subs not used: Ravaglia, Tantalocchi, Oikonomou, Sabiri, Quagliarella, Yepes. Coach: Stanković

REFEREE: Prontera

BOOKINGS: 39′ Rincon, 58′ Fagioli

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