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Bitter end to a poor season: Juventus put five past sorry Samp


Bitter end to a poor season: Juventus put five past sorry Samp

It started with defeat in Turin and it ended with defeat in Turin.

Ten months on from the unfortunate start to the season against Vojvodina, Sampdoria were back in the capital of Piedmont to put one of the most disappointing seasons in recent history to bed.

Faced with the prospect of a Juventus side ready to celebrate their fifth Scudetto in a row, Vincenzo Montella’s men – forced to play the majority of the match with ten men – wilted without a fight against the Bianconeri machine.

In a similar fashion to the Europa League qualifying round, the Blucerchiati made the worst start possible. Paulo Dybala swung a deep free-kick into the box in the fifth minute and Patrice Evra was on hand to nod home at the far post, ruining Alberto Brignoli’s debut both for the club and in Serie A.

Things got worse on the quarter-of-an-hour mark when Milan Skriniar brought down Mario Mandzukic bearing down on goal. Claudio Gavillucci pointed to the spot and added to Sampdoria’s misery by showing a red card to the Slovakian. Dybala made no mistake from the penalty and then followed that up with another goal just before half-time: switching the ball onto his preferred left boot, he guided a shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.

As Doria tired after half-time, Juventus pressed home their advantage when Giorgio Chiellini smashed home a volley from the edge of the box in the 77th minute. Leonardo Bonucci joined his defensive partner on the scoresheet eight minutes later when he tapped in a knock-down from the home side’s umpteenth set piece to make it 5-0.

One of the few positives to draw from the afternoon was the debut of Primavera talent Andres Ponce.

Defeat at Juventus Stadium signalled the worst-possible end to a poor season. Hope remains that the lessons will have been learned and 2016/17 will see a Blucerchiati comeback.

Juventus 5-0 Sampdoria (HT: 3-0)

Scorers: Evra 5, Dybala (pen) 15, Dybala 37, Chiellini 77, Bonucci 85.

Juventus (3-5-2): Neto; Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pereyra (Sturaro 66), Hernanes, Pogba, Evra; Dybala (Morata 69), Mandzukic (Zaza 75).
Subs not used: Buffon, Rubinho, Cuadrado, Lemina, Padoin, Asamoah, Rugani, Sturaro.
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

Sampdoria (3-4-2-1): Brignoli; Diakité, Silvestre, Skriniar; Sala (Ranocchia 55), Barreto, Krsticic, Dodô; Alvarez, Correa (Soriano 76); Quagliarella (Ponce 85).
Subs not used: Puggioni, Cassani, Rodriguez, Pereira, Palombo, Muriel, Calò, De Silvestri.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Referee: Gavillucci.
Assistants: Bindoni and D’Apice.
Fourth official: Pegorin.
Additional assistants: Fabbri and Abisso.

Yellow cards: Chiellini 21, Hernanes 35, Sala 37, Sturaro 72.
Red cards: Skriniar 15.

Injury time: 0+0 minutes.

Pitch surface: Good condition.

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