Juventus regained their hope as they returned to the top of Serie A after Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty helped seal a 2-1 win against Genoa at the Allianz Stadium.
The away side fought bravely against La Vecchia Signora after playing the majority of the game with 10-men; a fate the hosts would also face later in the game.
Genoa came into the game in dreadful form, having picked up only one point in their last six games, conceding 15 goals in four away games. However, the underdogs showed impressive organisation to frustrate Juventus in the first half.
The hosts only real threat came from set pieces, and they would eventually take the lead from a corner as Leonardo Bonucci rose highest to head home Rodrigo Bentancur’s corner.
It was a lead which didn’t last long, though, as the visitors hit back through Christian Kouame after smart work from Kevin Agudelo.
The visitors task was made ten times harder not long after, when Francesco Cassata was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, much to the chagrin of Genoa’s backroom staff.
Juve were unable to break the visitors down despite their numerical advantage, and after spurning the opportunities they did have, went down to 10-men themselves after substitute Adrien Rabiot inexplicably picked up two quick yellow cards. It was a miserable cameo appearance from the Frenchman, whose struggles to settle continue.
Source: 90 Mins