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

Chiellini’s annoyance.

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