With a pivotal brace in his team’s gruelling 4-2 Serie A victory over struggling Sampdoria, Adrien Rabiot ensured Juventus kept up their push for European football. In the first half, France midfielder Rabiot gave Juve a 2-0 lead with a header before Samp stunned the home crowd by tying the score with two quick goals from Tommaso Augello and Filip Djuricic. In the 64th minute, Rabiot gave Juve the lead once more.
Youngster Matias Soule scored with a nod in stoppage time to improve the score against Samp, who are at the bottom and 12 points from being in the clear.
Rabiot nearly left Juventus in the summer, but he has since established himself as a key member of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad. With his double, Rabiot has now scored seven league goals, bringing the Turin giants to within four points of the European spots.
“In order to be ready for Freiburg, we needed to win. I’m glad to be scoring so many goals here; let’s hope I can add to that total before the season is over.”
Juventus, which is currently in seventh place with 38 points and is appealing a 15-point deduction for illegal transfer activity, would move up to second if their appeal is successful.
They would still trail champion-elect Napoli by a huge margin of 15 points, but given the patchy performance of the other top teams in Serie A, they would be a good bet to qualify for the Champions League the following year.
Bremer and Rabiot’s headers
When Bremer and Rabiot’s headers gave Juve a 2-0 lead against a similarly depleted Samp midway through the first period, it appeared as though they would coast to victory despite missing a number of notable players, including Paul Pogba who picked up yet another injury during Sunday morning’s training session.
However, two goals in less than a minute stunned the home crowd. Augello scored Samp’s first goal off a rebound in the 31st minute, and Djuricic scored the equaliser off a low pass from Alessandro Zanoli.
Rabiot then came on to score the crucial goal, which Samp believed came after the 27-year-old handled to control the ball, as appeared from post-game images.
Dusan Vlahovic missed a penalty attempt and then had a header deflected off the crossbar, allowing Soule to score the fourth.