Juve and Samp share six-goal thriller
Juventus twice relinquished their lead as they fought out a 3-3 draw with Sampdoria in a thrilling match in Serie A.
Juve, who are yet to win this season and are hovering just above the drop zone, had a couple of early half chances - Alessandro Del Piero made space for himself on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected behind while Milos Krasic broke free at the back post only to see his header drift harmlessly across the face of the goal.
But it was Sampdoria who had the clearer first half opportunities. On 21 minutes, Pozzi found himself one-on-one with Marco Storari but the goalkeeper stood strong and tipped the forward's shot around the post. Then, fourteen minutes later, Cassano cut in from the left and got behind the defence with only the keeper to beat but, under pressure from Marco Motta, he poked his effort straight at Storari.
Almost immediately, Samporia deservedly took the lead as Cassano sent a ball across the box from the left and Pozzi drilled home a crisp low shot from the edge of the area.
Juve were quick to respond, however, with Del Piero firing a free-kick just past the post. And two minutes before the break they were level as Marchisio crashed home a shot with the outside of his right boot from a Krasic knockdown.
The turnaround was complete just five minutes after the restart when Gianluca Curci's fine one handed-save from Daniele Gastaldello, was tapped home by Pepe from barely a yard out.
However, Sampdoria then fashioned a well-worked goal shortly after the hour mark as Palombo chipped over the defence for Cassano to finish first time from an angle.
But, just three minutes later, Juve were ahead again as Pepe's shot beat Curci at his near post only to rebound off the upright and fall to Quagliarella, who tapped home from inside the six-yard box.
Yet Samp weren't finished and they drew level again as substitute Guido Marilungo crossed for Pozzi to head home his second from six yards as Juve's defence stood ball-watching.
Juve piled on the pressure and three times in a minute could have snatched the winner - Quagliarella was millimetres away from turning Del Piero's cross into an empty net, Curci then saved Iaquinta's close range effort before Felipe Melo's header flashed an inch past the upright. But in the end points were shared.
Elsewhere, Chievo are the unlikely early pace-setters as they won 3-1 away to Genoa despite going a goal down.
Yesterday, AC Milan were stunned 2-0 at Cesena on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho's debuts while 10-man AS Roma were thrashed 5-1 at Cagliari. Champions Inter Milan got their first win of the season, 2-1 at home to Udinese.