Injured Juventus miss Di Maria in draw at Sampdoria

Injured Juventus miss Di Maria in draw at Sampdoria

MILAN (AP) — Injury-hit Juventus clearly missed Angel Di Maria as it held to a 0-0 draw at Sampdoria in Serie A on Monday.

Di Maria has added some much-needed flair to the Juventus side and scored and provided an assist on his debut last weekend as the Bianconi opened the season with a 3-0 win over Sassuolo. did

However, he picked up an injury in that game and could miss next weekend’s key game against Roma, who beat Cremona 1-0 on Monday and are out of two. Made two wins.

Juventus were also missing Paul Pogba as well as Federico Chiesa, Kyaw George and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, while veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci was only fit for a place on the bench.

Sampdoria hit the woodwork – twice – in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Atalanta and did so again in the first few minutes after Mehdi Leiris’ effort.

Shortly after, Juventus almost scored their own goal as Bianconi forward Dušan Vlahović headed a corner into his own post.

Juventus thought they had beaten the deadlock in the 65th minute but Adrien Rabiot’s strike was disallowed as Vlahovic was in an offside position in the build-up.

Rabiot, who missed the opening game through suspension, had recently rejected a proposed move to Manchester United.

New Juventus signing Filip Kostic almost won at the death, but his effort was brilliantly saved by home goalkeeper Emil Odero.


Roma sent messages of support to injured teammate Georginio Wijnaldum before and during their narrow win over newly promoted Cremonese.

Roma players wore shirts emblazoned with the words “Forza Gini” (“Strong Gini”) as they prepared to warm up for the match, and Chris Smalling was also holding a Roma jersey with Wijnaldum’s name and number on it. Scored the only goal of the game.

Wijnaldum, who was signed on loan from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, fractured his tibia during a training session on Sunday.

Just before half-time there was another injury blow for Roma when Niccolo Zaniolo was taken off after dislocating his shoulder.

Roma also won their first match 1-0 against Salernitana while Cremona narrowly lost 3-2 to Fiorentina in their first match in the top flight since 1996.

Both sides had plenty of chances to take the lead and Cremonese goalkeeper Ionuț Radu made a number of impressive saves.

The visiting team went agonizingly close shortly after the break when Cyril Desceres’ effort bounced off the crossbar.

Dicers also sent two acrobatic headers wide of the post.

Roma also hit the woodwork when Radu put Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot over the bar.

But the home side suffered a setback in the 65th minute when a corner went wide from the left and Smalling headed in at the back post.

Cremona almost equalized in stoppage time as Charles Pikell’s volley clipped in from the right.

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