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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris 24th August 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Banti

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Juventus Juventus

Sampdoria 0

P Castellini (S/O 89)


Juventus 1

C Tevez (58)

Tevez stars on Juve debut

Last Updated: 24/08/13 10:40pm

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Tevez gets off the mark for Juventus

Tevez gets off the mark for Juventus

Carlos Tevez marked his Serie A debut with the winning goal for Juventus as the champions began their bid to win a third straight Scudetto with victory at Sampdoria.

The former Manchester City striker, a marquee signing for Antonio Conte's team this summer, has scored fancier goals than the close-range finish that earned all three points in Genoa.

He has scored many more important in his time with Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham, Manchester United and City, and the Argentina national team.

But there was no faulting Tevez's timing, or his form, as he made the difference in Serie A's big opening Saturday night game.

Sampdoria completed an unlikely double over Juventus last season, spoiling their title celebrations with a 3-2 win at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the final day.

Their coach, Delio Rossi, was wary of the vengeance arriving from Turin and Juventus were good value for their win, even if the home side held out for nearly an hour.

Andrea Pirlo had an early long-range attempt saved by Angelo Da Costa, who turned the ball over the bar, and further attempts from Kwadwo Asamoah and Mirko Vucinic peppered the Sampdoria goal.

Tevez went as close as anyone with a powerful left-footed strike that almost crept inside the left post.

He made the breakthrough after 58 minutes with a poacher's goal.

The craft came from Arturo Vidal, with a cute pass to Paul Pogba, who showed great awareness to flick a pass to his right for Tevez, who could hardly fail to beat Da Costa from close quarters.

Sampdoria briefly thought they had levelled when Andrea Costa slid home a free-kick, however he was offside and a flag from the assistant referee rightly went up.

Gianluigi Buffon saved from Eder and Gaetano Berardi in quick succession but Sampdoria's hopes began to look forlorn.

A red card in the dying stages for Paolo Castellini was a sorry way to finish for the home side, when a mistimed tackle was punished, arguably a little harshly, by referee Luca Banti.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 37 86
2 Roma 36 67
3 Lazio 36 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 37 51
10 AC Milan 37 49
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18