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Juve held by Sampdoria in dire draw

SoccerNews in Serie A 27 Sep 2008

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Juventus missed the chance to go top of Serie A, for one day at least, as they were held to a bore 0-0 draw at Sampdoria on Saturday.

Juve remain unbeaten and moved up to third in the table with the point but sorry Sampdoria are still searching for their first win of the season after four draws and a defeat in their first five matches.

The Turin giants' Italy centre-half Giorgio Chiellini admitted the team needs to improve but refused to blame his strikers.

“Unfortunately we didn't manage to score. We hoped to but it was a difficult match,” he said.

“But even though the forwards failed to score … the defence concedes few goals and part of that is thanks to the help we get from the forwards.”

But Chiellini said it would be wrong to read too much into their record of just two wins from their first five matches.

“There's only been five matches and its too early to run away. Of course it would be better to be in front but the championship is long and we'll bounce back in the next matches.”

In a dreadful game devoid of much action the visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock before the break.

After just four minutes veteran striker Alessandro Del Piero forced Samp goalkeeper Antonio Mirante into a sprawling save from a free-kick before Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen fired the rebound over the bar.

Del Piero came close again on 20 minutes after a surging run forward from Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko, showing no ill effects from fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Sissoko fed Del Piero who beat Mirante with a shot from the right but saw it clip the outside of the post and go wide.

Del Piero was proving the most likely source of a goal and on 41 minutes he fired a volley from seven yards over the bar after a flick-on from Brazilian strike partner Amauri, although it was a difficult chance as he hooked a high bouncing ball back over his shoulder.

The second half was if anything worse than the first although Juve's Austrian goalkeeper Alex Manninger tipped over a header from Stefano Lucchini while Pavel Nedved fired a volley straight at Mirante up the other end.

Samp substitute Daniele Dessena could have won it for the hosts deep into injury time but Manninger saved his volley from 15 yards.

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