Genoa 2 Juventus 0: Bianconeri suffer first Serie A defeat of the season


Substitutes Stefano Sturaro and Goran Pandev scored within the closing 20 minutes as Genoa surprised Serie A leaders Juventus.
Juventus misplaced their first Serie A recreation of the season as Stefano Sturaro and Goran Pandev sealed a memorable 2-Zero win for Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday.

Genoa activated their obligation to purchase Sturaro from Juventus for €16.5million in February, lower than two weeks after he joined on mortgage and he marked his first look of his second spell with the opener after 72 minutes.

That was adopted 9 minutes from time by Pandev’s high-quality strike previous Mattia Perin to safe a deserved victory for the hosts.

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested after his midweek heroics towards Atletico Madrid and Juve sorely missed his attacking menace in what was an insipid show.

Genoa got here near taking a shock lead after 15 minutes however Perin confirmed excellent reactions to paw away Antonio Sanabria’s highly effective drive from 12 yards.

The hosts then had a penalty award overturned by VAR on the half-hour mark after Christian Kouame was deemed to have dealt with the ball earlier than it struck Joao Cancelo’s wrist.

Juve thought they’d taken the lead with their first shot on track after 55 minutes by means of Paulo Dybala. Referee Marco Di Bello was instructed by VAR, nonetheless, that there had been an offside within the build-up and the aim was dominated out.

The hosts took full benefit of that reprieve in a dramatic closing 20 minutes.

Simply moments after changing Darko Lazovic, Sturaro despatched a curling effort into Perin’s backside nook from 20 yards, which the Juve goalkeeper will really feel he ought to have performed higher with.

Issues acquired even higher for the hosts within the 81st minute when Pandev collected Kouame’s cross and fizzed a low strike previous Perin.

Allegri’s aspect scarcely seemed like clawing their manner again into the sport within the closing phases and will finish the weekend with their lead on the summit minimize to 15 factors if Napoli overcome Udinese afterward Sunday.

What does it imply? Juve present a uncommon fragility

They’ve swept apart all earlier than them in Serie A this season however the Bianconeri seemed totally bereft of inspiration and battle towards a superior Genoa aspect. It will likely be a fear for Allegri that his staff seemed so lacklustre in assault with out Ronaldo, whereas he may need some stressed nights questioning what Ajax’s thrilling band of kids might do to that creaking defence within the Champions League quarter-finals.

Sturaro haunts outdated aspect

The 26-year-old endured a irritating 5 years at Juve, scoring simply three targets and being farmed out on a number of loans. He didn’t take lengthy to reacquaint himself with the Genoa followers, whipping within the opener to arrange a well-known win.

Dybala fails to impress

Given the possibility to shine within the absence of Ronaldo, the Argentina worldwide struggled to make an affect towards a resolute Genoa defence. His disallowed aim means he has nonetheless scored simply 4 occasions within the league this season – a woeful return in a staff that has totally dominated Serie A.