Ten-man Sampdoria stun leaders Juventus


ITALY:Teenager Mauro Icardi scored twice as Serie A leaders Juventus slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to lowly Sampdoria who came from behind to win despite playing with 10 men for an hour yesterday.

Juve had won their last four Serie A games, while Sampdoria had lost 10 of their last 13 and only one outcome looked possible after Sebastian Giovinco put the hosts ahead with a 24th-minute penalty and Sampdoria had Gaetano Berardi dismissed. Instead, Icardi netted twice in the second half as Sampdoria hit back out of the blue.

There was a further shock as third-placed Fiorentina went down to their first home defeat of the season, losing 2-0 to relegation-threatened Pescara, and Inter Milan were beaten 3-0 at Udinese as they continued their slump.

Juventus, with 44 points from 19 games, still reached the halfway mark in the championship with a five-point lead over Lazio, who beat Cagliari 2-1 on Saturday. Fiorentina and Inter have 35 points.

Relegation zone

In other matches, two goals by Marco Boriello gave Genoa a 2-0 win over Bologna which lifted them out of the relegation zone, while Bojan Krkic and Giampaolo Pazzini scored to give seventh-placed AC Milan a 2-1 win at home to bottom club Siena.

Chievo Verona beat Atalanta 1-0 in a midtable clash and a stoppage-time goal from Amauri gave Parma a 2-1 win over Palermo.

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