Allegri’s reign with champions Juventus ends with defeat

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is due to leave the club at the end of the season. (AFP pic)

GENOA: Late goals from Gregoire Defrel and Gianluca Caprari gave mid-table Sampdoria a 2-0 win over Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday as coach Massimiliano Allegri’s five-year reign with the Turin side ended in defeat.

Defrel collected a pass from Manolo Gabbiandini and, despite being surrounded by three defenders, scored with a scuffed shot in the 81st minute before Caprari curled in an exquisite free kick in stoppage time.

Allegri, who won five Serie A titles with Juventus, fielded his 38th different starting line-up in as many league games this season as he gave a first appearance of the campaign to third-choice goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio and a first start for Brazilian winger Matheus Perreira while resting Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella, 36, was close with an overhead effort in the first half and ended the campaign with 26 goals.

He is almost certain to finish as Serie A’s top scorer with his nearest rivals four goals behind.