Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa not only allowed Juventus to conquer Genoa, but also practically had a competition to see who could score the most spectacular goal.
The Bianconeri needed a victory to maintain the four-point lead at the top of the table, as Lazio had already won 2-1 at Torino earlier this evening. Meanwhile, the Grifone were one point above the relegation zone thanks to a comeback from 2-0 down to hold bottom club Brescia.
Maurizio Sarri was without Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Merih Demiral, while Miralem Pjanic started just 24 hours after signing for Barcelona. Domenico Criscito and Ivan Radovanovic missed out for the hosts, but they had several ex-Juve players, including Mattia Perin, Cristian Romero and Stefano Sturaro.
Juve have traditionally struggled at Marassi, losing three of their last six Serie A visits.
Perin was kept busy from the start, using his legs to parry a Federico Bernardeschi snapshot, then palming away the Cristiano Ronaldo scorcher. Matthijs de Ligt had penalty appeals waved away for an Adama Soumaoro nudge in the back, but it was one-way traffic with Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Bernardeschi all having pot-shots at Perin.
Andrea Favilli was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card on the half-hour mark, having already clattered Leonardo Bonucci’s ankles after seven minutes, as he caught De Ligt late in midfield.
Adrien Rabiot’s header was straight at the goalkeeper, although Genoa finally had some attacks just before half-time, with Favilli’s angled drive wide after he’d been flagged offside and Pinamonti’s shot deflected wide.
Dybala threaded through for Ronaldo, who stung Perin’s gloves at the near post from the tightest of angles.
The breakthrough finally came on 50 minutes with that man Dybala yet again, whose left foot has split open so many otherwise determined defences. This time, he went on a mini-slalom through defenders until stroking the finish into the far bottom corner from 13 yards.
Bernardeschi should’ve made it 2-0, but turned his header wide from Juan Cuadrado’s cross, although the goal did come moments later when Ronaldo gathered in midfield, ran forward and hit a right-foot screamer into the far top corner.
Juve players were lining up to out-do each other and substitute Douglas Costa gave his contribution for 3-0, a remote-controlled left-foot curler into the far top corner from the edge of the box, which dipped mercilessly past a helpless Perin.
Genoa had their first genuine shot on goal with Toni Sanabria on 76 minutes, cutting inside to hit it low and hard at the base of the near post, finding Wojciech Szczesny’s fingertips. On the resulting corner, Andrea Pinamonti got away from Cuadrado and anticipated De Ligt, smashing into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles.
Pinamonti almost snatched another on 86 minutes, as Szczesny had to rush off his line to anticipate the striker on an awful Cuadrado back-pass.
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