Is it really a Juventus match if there's no whiff of controversy hovering above the stadium? Sunday's match against Sampdoria brought an early penalty, a red card, a disallowed goal and an appeal for a penalty not given. And that was just in the first half.
Sebastian Giovinco had a shot go high in the 11th minute, but, surprisingly enough, it was Sampdoria that first threatened in front of goal. In the 18th minute, the ball bounced off Juve new boy Federico Peluso to fall perfectly for Andrea Poli. However, Poli couldn't get any strength behind the shot and Gigi Buffon saved easily.
Juventus took the lead in the 24th minute when Gaetano Berardi panicked at the sight of Claudio Marchisio, bringing him down inside the area. It was a clear penalty for the home side, and Giovinco stepped up to take. He sent his shot to the left and Sergio Romero guessed correctly, but was unable to keep it out.
Just two minutes later, Eder had the ball in the net for Sampdoria, but the goal was ruled out as the Brazilian had brought down Buffon on his way to goal. The visitors would go on to rue that missed opportunity.
It was the 31st minute when things really went downhill for Samp. Beradi brought down Andrea Barzagli, earning a second yellow and a sending off. As if things weren't bad enough for the visitors, Alessandro Matri set up a fuss about wanting a second penalty, as Angelo Palombo had been a bit mean to him inside the area. But the referee judged that Matri had handled the ball on his way down, and gave the free kick the other way.
But just when it seemed there was no chance for Sampdoria, they came back to equalize. In the 52nd minute, the visitors hit the Old Lady on the counter. Nenad Krsticic set free Emmanuel Icardi, who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. He had some help from Buffon, however, who committed his once-a-season blunder, flapping at the ball as it looped over and landed in the back of the net.
It certainly wasn't San Gigi's fault for Icardi's second, however. For this one, the forward tricked the defense, then managed to slot in from a difficult angle. The question is, however, what on earth Peluso was doing at that moment? It was obvious when he came to Juve that he'd have some mighty big boots to fill, but he just might not be able to paper over the Giorgio Chiellni sized gap in the defense.
Juve gave it their all in the last twenty minutes. Mirko Vucinic, on for Paolo De Ceglie, hit the bar, and then went wide. A plethora of shots around the 85th minute were blocked, including a sharp one from Simone Padoin, set up by Andrea Pirlo.
But the pain wasn't over yet for Juve. In injury time, Marchiso went down and had to leave the pitch. With no substitutions remaining, the Old Lady had to finish with just ten, and the knowledge that one of their midfielders may have sustained a nasty knock.
Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Peluso; Simone Padoin, Paul Pogba (Emanuele Giaccherini 71), Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Paolo De Ceglie (Mirko Vucinic 61); Alessandro Matri (Fabio Quagliarella 62), Sebastian Giovinco
Sampdoria: Sergio Romero; Daniele Gastaldello, Angelo Palombo, Andrea Costa; Gaetano Berardi, Nenad Krsticic (Fernando Tissone 80), Pedro Obiang, Andrea Poli, Marcelo Estigarribia (Lorenzo De Silvestri 45); Eder (Gianni Munari 77), Emmanuel Icardi
Goals: Giovinco 24 (P), Icardi 52, 68)
Red Cards: Beradi (31)