Juventus comfortably shoved Genoa aside 2-0 with Arturo Vidal’s contentious penalty and Carlos Tevez.
The Bianconeri badly needed a boost after two consecutive defeats to Fiorentina and Real Madrid, but were without Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Genoa were revived under Gian Piero Gasperini, picking up four points from two games, though Emanuele Calaiò was injured and Francelino Matuzalem dropped as punishment for drunk-driving.
Genoa’s last victory in Turin was down to Tomas Skhuravy’s goal in February 1991, but the only other success was back in 1937.
In the opening minute Paul Pogba fell far too easily under pressure from Daniele Portanova, so the referee waved play on. Pogba had another chance created by Fernando Llorente, but hesitated and allowed Mattia Perin to smother at his feet.
Perin was again alert to deny Lorente by sticking out a leg, then the crossbar came to his rescue on an Arturo Vidal blockbuster from distance.
Davide Biondini clearly tripped Kwadwo Asamoah right on the edge of the area and the referee opted for a penalty, though it could’ve been centimetres outside. Vidal stepped up and blasted a powerful spot-kick into the roof of the net.
Andrea Pirlo went forward on the counter and hesitated, eventually allowing Perin to deny his side-foot finish with an excellent save. Pogba’s strike flashed across the face of goal.
Carlos Tevez made it 2-0 with a fine individual move, skipping past a defender to place his angled drive across Perin.
Perin needed a double save after the restart on both Tevez and Llorente, but the second half was basically a training session. The only real scare was seven minutes from time when Giorgio Chiellini stuck out a foot to stop Konate’s cross reaching Centurion in the middle.
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