Juventus fought off a valiant Sampdoria outfit to win 4-2 in Turin despite a stunning first-half comeback from Serie A’s lowest scorers, moving the Old Lady to within four points of the European places.
First, he pulled a shot wide from a one-on-one having escaped the defence, before he fired straight at Mattia Perin with Filip Đuričić in support and likely in a better position to score.
Filip Kostić whipped in a wicked corner and Gleison Bremer towered higher than the rest to thump a header past debutant Martin Turk in the Sampdoria goal.
Juventus sensed that they had the beating of their opponents in the air, and Adrien Rabiot swiftly made it two for the Bianconeri when he headed Fabio Miretti’s free-kick back across goal and into the far corner.
Having scored by far the fewest goals of any club in Europe’s top five leagues, Sampdoria needed something special to get back in the game, and they launched a heroic comeback within just a couple of minutes.
The deficit was halved when Tommaso Augello arrived from the left to place into the far corner, and before there was a chance for Juve players to catch their breaths, Đuričić had made the most of some great work from Alessandro Zanoli and fired past Perin for an unlikely equaliser.
The visitors had the belief that they could go on to win the game in the second half, and they battled valiantly in its early stages.