Marco Borriello scored at the Juventus Stadium to give Genoa a hard-fought 1-1 draw against his old club on Coach Davide Ballardini’s debut, but the Bianconeri were furious. Juve had two penalty appeals, including one in stoppages.
The Bianconeri had the chance to break away at the top of the table after Lazio’s surprise slip-up against Chievo earlier today. Andrea Pirlo, Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner were still injured, while birthday boy Sebastian Giovinco was on the bench. Genoa made their debut under new Coach Ballardini, who replaced Gigi Del Neri this week, but missed Bosko Jankovic and Juan Manuel Vargas.
Genoa’s last victory in Turin was in 1991 when Thomas Skuhravy was on target with the only goal. They had an aggressive start, though, as Gigi Buffon plucked a looping Ciro Immobile header out of the air, then a corner went past two Juve players until Eros Pisano ballooned over.
A Mirko Vucinic shot was charged down by Thomas Manfredini after good work from Paolo De Ceglie, then Arturo Vidal wasted a great chance when his first touch let him down. From that corner, Martin Caceres drilled just over the bar from eight yards. There was a potential penalty appeal from Genoa when Eros Pisano's header struck Vucinic on the arm.
Claudio Marchisio ran behind Andreas Granqvist to get on the end of Paul Pogba’s pass over the top, but was a fraction too late as he came sliding in.
Vidal’s free kick floated over the bar and Antonio Floro Flores wasted a golden opportunity on the counter-attack.
Leonardo Bonucci soared above the crowd to nod a Marchisio free kick just wide. Fabio Quagliarella went so close when getting between centre-backs to toe-poke a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross inches off target with Sebastien Frey rooted to the spot.
After the restart Juve again threatened from a dead-ball situation. A free kick found Caceres at full stretch at the back post, but Frey did well to parry from point-blank range.
Juventus broke the deadlock when Lichtsteiner ran on to a Vucinic through pass to get behind Ruben Olivera and pulled back from the by-line for Quagliarella’s tap-in. It took a final touch off Granqvist, but appeared to be rolling in anyway.
Marco Borriello came off the bench and scored Genoa’s equaliser against his former club. Juraj Kucka curled a cross to the back post, where Borriello got his diving header to the ball first from point-blank range. The striker, who was never wanted by Juve fans, refused to celebrate.
Vucinic’s header accidentally hit teammate Pogba in the box, but he really should’ve done better moments later. A long-range Lichtsteiner strike was palmed away by Frey straight into his path, but the Montenegro hitman was far too sluggish to get on the loose ball and Genoa were able to clear.
A Sebastian Giovinco free kick flashed all the way across the face of goal, but Kucka got a crucial touch to stop Caceres tapping in at the back post.
Bad news for Genoa, as Floro Flores hobbled off with 15 minutes to go when all the substitutions had been completed.
Vucinic wanted a penalty for a blatant Luca Antonelli shirt-tug as he went to tap in Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross from six yards, but the referee and his various assistants waved play on.
Giovinco almost marked his birthday with a fantastic goal, but his free kick curled over the wall and dipped to thump the near post.
Juventus threw on 19-year-old Stefano Beltrame and he nearly scored, unleashing a fierce strike that Frey beat away with great difficulty. The final stages were a siege on the Genoa goal, especially as they were down to 10 men due to the Floro Flores injury.
In stoppages Bonucci couldn’t get enough power to a header at the back stick and Frey was able to capture it.
In the 93rd minute Juventus were absolutely livid. Granqvist stumbled during a desperate clearance and kicked the ball on to his own hand. Under the Italian rules, a ricochet off another part of the body on to the arm cannot be considered voluntary.
It was a corner and with the last kick of the game Frey flew to beat away Giaccherini’s strike. The tension spilled over after the final whistle with Lichtsteiner taking his protests particularly far and Antonio Conte enraged.
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