Two Serie A giants, Ac Milan and Juventus failed to continue their positive results last weekend as both were held by their respective opponents in the early Serie A week 14 fixtures last Saturday.
The Rossoneri that have been collecting four straight victories were very unlucky not to take away all three points against home team Sampdoria, while Juventus have to settle for a 1-1 draw against their bitter rival, Fiorentina in Turin.
Coming home a bit tired from their travel to France in the Champions League, Milan were actually dominant on the night, the Rossoneri started out the half strongly and created some good goal scoring chances through Robinho, Clarence Seedorf and even Gennaro Gattusso. After peppering down the Sampdoria’s defence, the away team finally got the goal that they deserved after Robinho volleyed a low air cross from Zlatan Ibrahimovic passed Gianluca Curci.
Ending the first half with a 1-0 lead, Milan seemed to relax a bid in the early part of the second half although they were still pretty much the dominant team as Sampdoria are forced to play more from the counter. However, lady luck smiled for the home team as from rare corner, the Blucerchiati somehow managed to nick the equalizer after Giampaolo Pazzini followed through Daniel Gastaldello’s knock down and beat the stranded Christian Abbiati.
Surprised by the Genoa based club’s surprising equalizer, the Rossoneri poured forward viciously and pinned down the home team into their own half as the fashion capital club creating chances after chances. However, the poor finishing from Milan players in the second half along with the excellent performance from Curci denied the league leader the goal they probably deserved.
In Turin, two bad blood rivals, Juventus and Fiorentina faced each others in an exciting match that also resulted in another draw in Serie A. The away team take a surprising lead only four minutes in the start of the first half through Marco Motta’s own goal who deflected a vicious cross from Juan Vargas passed his own keeper, Marco Storari.
Shocked with the early goal, the home side pour forward looking for the equalizer leaving their back door open at times for the Viola’s counter attack. Despite creating enough opportunities to level the score in the first half, the Bianconeri failed to break down the away team’s defense and needed to regroup first before finally finding the net in the second period.
The equalizing goal itself arrived in a special fashion as Simone Pepe curled in a wonderful freekick from the left side of Fiorentina defense curling viciously beating the Viola keeper, Artur Boruc, who probably think that Pepe attempted to cross the ball. The goal lifted the home team’s spirit even more as they keep on pouring forward, causing lots of problems for the away team which were forced to finish the game with 10 men, after one of their defender Felipe got send off for over the top protest to the referee.
Despite playing against 10 men, Juventus still failed to break down their opponents defense and until the final whistle was blown, the Bianconeri have to settle for a draw. The two results for Milan and Juve surely aren’t the best that they can actually achieve, but it looked a bit more positive for the Rossoneri as it won’t effect their position in the league and a draw against Sampd can be seen as an improvement considering they lost all of their three previous meetings at Luigi Ferraris.
Sampdoria v Ac Milan 1-1
Goals: Pazzini 58(Sampdoria), Robinho 43(Milan)
Sampdoria: Curci; Volta, Lucchini, Gastaldello, Ziegler; Mannini (Accardi 86), Palombo, Tissone; Guberti (Koman 65); Pazzini, Marilungo (Pozzi 66)
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Bonera; Gattuso, Ambrosini, Boateng (Flamini 90); Seedorf (Ronaldinho 90); Ibrahimovic, Robinho
Juventus v Fiorentina 1-1
Goals: Pepe 83(Juventus), Motta ‘og’ 4(Fiorentina)
Juventus: Storari; Motta (Lanzafame 82), Bonucci, Chiellini, Grosso; Krasic, Aquilani (Pepe 58), Felipe Melo, Marchisio; Del Piero (Iaquinta 58), Quagliarella
Fiorentina: Boruc; Comotto, Camporese (Felipe 69), Gamberini, Pasqual; Donadel, D’Agostino; Santana, Ljajic (Marchionni 65), Vargas; Gilardino (Babacar 55)