Fabio Quagliarella discovered the web for the ninth spherical in a row, his penalty cancelling out a Cristiano Ronaldo opener as Sampdoria stall Juventus on the break.
The Bianconeri had dropped factors solely twice within the league all season, drawing at residence with Genoa and 2-2 with Atalanta on Boxing Day. Rodrigo Bentancur was despatched off in Bergamo and subsequently suspended, however Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic returned to the beginning XI, whereas Leonardo Bonucci was rested. Juan Cuadrado, Joao Cancelo and Andrea Barzagli had been nonetheless injured, then Wojciech Szczesny pulled out within the warm-up, making means for Mattia Perin. Samp misplaced Joachim Andersen to a ban, with Bartosz Bereszynski and Edgar Barreto side-lined, however Fabio Quagliarella had scored in every of his final eight Serie A appearances.
It took barely 120 seconds for Juventus to interrupt by way of, as Cristiano Ronaldo gathered a Paulo Dybala cross-field move on the sting of the field, lower inside and curled a low right-foot end into the far backside nook. Emil Audero, who’s on mortgage from Juve, acquired down very late and was maybe affected by the brilliant daylight.
Dennis Praet drilled simply vast, as did Dybala on a Giorgio Chiellini help, however Samp had an enormous probability when an in-swinging Gianluca Caprari nook was cleared off the road by Alex Sandro.
Nonetheless, that incident was seen once more on VAR and a penalty awarded for Emre Can’s dealing with offence, mis-timing his soar to attach along with his elbow. Quagliarella stepped up and transformed with energy, sending Perin the incorrect strategy to discover the web for the ninth Serie A spherical in a row. The final participant to realize that run was David Trezeguet for Juve in 2005.
The sport immediately modified, as Samp poured ahead with a number of possibilities off beam and a free kick deflected into the arms of Perin from shut vary.
Proper on the stroke of half-time, Juve threatened with Audero parrying a Dybala snapshot after which Mario Mandzukic unable to achieve a Cristiano Ronaldo cross to the again submit.
Juventus 1-1 Sampdoria (Half-Time)
Cristiano Ronaldo 2 (J), Quagliarella pen 33 (S)
Juventus: Perin; De Sciglio, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Emre Can, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala; Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo
Sampdoria: Audero; Sala, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Praet, Ekdal, Linetty; Ramirez; Quagliarella, Caprari
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