Sampdoria complete Juve double
Real Sociedad ensured Valencia’s stay in the top four was a
brief one as they registered a crucial victory at Sevilla.
Sociedad won 2-1 in Seville to reclaim the advantage in the race
for the final Champions League spot in Spain.
Ivan Rakitic put Sevilla ahead in the 10th minute but he turned
from hero to villain seven minutes later with a headed own
Imanol Agirretxe then scored what turned out to be a winner with
Sevilla then having unused substitute Jose Antonio Reyes given a
straight red card and sent from the bench.
Earlier in the evening a solitary goal by Jeremy Mathieu was
enough for Valencia to see off Getafe 1-0 in Madrid.
The French centre-back struck just before half-time to give the
visitors the lead in what was a largely uneventful match at the
Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
The result means Getafe missed an opportunity to gain ground in
their bid to qualify for the Europa League and remain in ninth
place in the table.
Elsewhere, Granada took a huge step towards securing their La
Liga future with a 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Osasuna.
Youssef El Arabi’s 23rd-minute goal gave Granada the lead and
victory was all but secured when Fernando Nano felled Yacine
Brahimi in the penalty area with 10 minutes remaining.
Nano saw red and Guilherme Siqueira’s cheeky dinked penalty
wrapped up three vital points, before Diego Buonanotte added gloss
to the scoreline late on.
The win sends Granada seven points clear of the relegation zone
but Osasuna will be looking anxiously over their shoulders,
especially with a final-day clash with Real Madrid awaiting
Eder, Lorenzo De Silvestri and Mauro Icardi maintained the
Blucerchiati’s excellent record against the dominant force of
Italian football after Fabio Quagliarella had put Antonio Conte’s
side in front.
Emmanuel Giaccherini added a second late on for Juve, but they
were left still waiting for their first win again the Genovese club
in four years.
Juve also missed the chance to have beaten every single opponent
in Serie A at least once this season.
Things looked to be going well for Juve when Andrea Pirlo sent
an excellent first-time ball from the halfway line over the Samp
defence into the path of Quagliarella who kept his cool to thread
the ball inside the near post with Angelo Da Costa getting a hand
to the ball.
The former Samp striker did not celebrate out of respect for his
Juve’s lead lasted little over five minutes before a foul by
Giorgio Chiellini on Icardi inside the area saw a penalty
Eder stepped up to beat Marco Storari and bring the Blucerchiati
De Silvestro gave Samp the lead with his second goal in as many
games, leaving Storari no chance with a bullet header at the near
post from a corner.
Quagliarella should have brought Juve back on terms, but his
shot from six yards was straight at Da Costa in the 70th
Five minutes later, a burst of pace from former Juve winger
Marcelo Estigarribia saw him race away from the last Juve defender
before sliding the ball across the slick surface to Icardi, who
could not miss the open goal from just a yard out.
The referee then awarded Juve a penalty only to change is mind
after conferring with his assistant behind the goal, much to
Nicklas Bedntner was sent on by Conte, but his evening did not
last long as he landed badly on his arm, leaving the field and
leaving Juve with 10 men as all three substitutions had been
The Serie A champions still did not give up the fight, though,
and Giaccherini sent a shot into the top right-hand corner of Da
Costa’s goal in the first minute of stoppage time.
Juve were unable to find an equaliser, though, as they slipped
up once again to their bogey side for their fifth defeat of the