Juventus-Sampdoria: Amauri Bags a Brace As Bianconeri Crush Samp 5-1
Entering Wednesday night's game against Sampdoria, the Juventus offense had remained somewhat stagnant. The opportunities were being created, but the balls just weren't going into the back of the net.
That all changed as the Juve offense exploded for five goals, three in the second half, to win 5-1 against Doria at the Stadio Olimpico. For an offense that had struggled so much in recent weeks to get things going, it was a welcome sight for everybody in black and white.
For the second match in a week's time, Juventus manager Ciro Ferrara changed his formation from his base 4-3-1-2 to a more offensive 4-2-3-1 with Giovinco, Diego, and Mauro Camoranesi playing behind Amauri.
From the start, Juve put the Samp defense on their heels. Within a minute Diego was already lining up for a free kick in the offensive third of the field. The immense pressure that the Samp defense was under was only a sign of things to come.
Diego again was on the end of a free kick, this time finding the head of Giorgio Chiellini. It looked certain to find the back of the net but Samp keeper Luca Castellazzi made a spectacular one-handed save on his line to keep the score deadlocked at zero.
Sampdoria magician Antonio Cassano came right back, making a fine run down the right flank and fed a great ball into Reto Ziegler. Juve keeper was up to the task and saved it at the near post.
It was the last time we would hear from Cassano in quite a while as the Juve defense did a fantastic job on the evening containing the Samp captain and his strike partner, Giampaolo Pazzini.
As the first half went on, Juve were showing they were the better team on the night. They finally took a deserved lead in the 27th minute when Amauri bagged his third goal in as many games. The big Brazilian's header off a Diego corner was knocked down a teammate Momo Sissoko, but he recovered to poke the ball into the back of the net and send the Olimpico crowd into frenzy.
The goal only propelled the Bianconeri . The pressure was turned up another notch after they took the lead. Giovinco was starting to impose himself down the left flank, combining well with left back Fabio Grosso on numerous occaisions.
Juve doubled their lead just three minutes before the half. After winning the ball in the middle of the park, Chiellini continued his run and then dishing it off to Amauri, who then gave it back to him and the Italian international found the back of wide open goal.
As the second half began, Juve's chances didn't let up. Just moments after the second half whistle, Diego and Amauri were at it again but it was Castellazzi again making a spectacular save to prevent the lead from extending further.
However, the lead was extended to three just four minutes later as Giovinco crossed to Camoranesi, who banged it in from 10 yards out. It was a great ball from Giovinco and the tiny playmaker again rewarded his manager for putting him in the starting lineup.
The pressure was still coming despite the Old Lady having a comfortable lead. The Samp defense were backed up as far as they could be, clearly losing hope as the minutes went on, and Ferrara continued to put his foot on the gas.
Amauri got his second after he got his head on the end of a Camoranesi cross from the right flank. For a striker who had been so desperate to score goals in the early goings of the season, they are starting to come in bunches now.
However, Samp got one back as Pazzini was on the end of a Cassano cross to make the score 4-1. One striker to another and Pazzini clearly beat Fabio Cannavaro in the box to leave a helpless Buffon waiting another day for a clean sheet.
The goal seemed to take the wind out of Juve's sails, but they continued to attack. Giovinco was becoming a complete pest down the left flank and came awfully close to scoring close to the 70 minute mark.
Just as the game entered its final two minutes, David Trezeguet made it a five spot as he was on the end Grosso cross. It was a fitting end to a great night in Turin.
Plain and simple, it was dominating performance from Ferrara and his men against one of the teams they were chasing in the standings. Juve recorded 20 shots to Samp's six and the possession, much like the Old Lady's previous two games, was completely in their favor.
For some reason, I have a hunch that Giovinco and Diego will play together a few more times before the season is over.
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