Saturday, 17 May 2008

Serie A Week 38: Saturday Review

Alessandro Del Piero all but clinched the Capocanonniere title with two goals for Juventus as they took a point from a six-goal thriller against Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Juventus raced into a two-goal lead with Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet, with a penalty, both moving to 20 goals for the season early on. But Antonio Cassano and Christian Maggio brought Sampdoria level. Cassano then missed the second spot-kick of the afternoon on the stroke of half-time before Del Piero converted the third to become the league's top goalscorer in the 65th minute, just after Mohamed Sissoko had been sent off for the visitors. Vincenzo Montella then scored his 141st Serie A goal to bring Samp level once again.

The fixture in Genoa was brought forward due to the celebrations that will be held in the city to mark the visit of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday. But neither side had anything to play for with Sampdoria certain of their place in the UEFA Cup next season and Juventus guaranteed third place in Serie A, yet both teams wanted to end the season on a high and the fans crammed inside the stadium were certainly treated to a spectacle.

Del Piero, who was top scorer in Serie B last year, is now two goals ahead of Marco Borriello in the Serie A scoring charts. The Genoa forward will now need to score at least a brace in his sides away trip to Atalanta on Sunday to share the prize.

[Saturday 17 May] - [Sunday 18 May]

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