Juventus got the win over Genoa but only just, as a last-minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo gets the Bianconeri all three points.
It was far from a beautiful game at the Allianz stadium in Turin as Juventus scratched up a 2-1 win over 17th placed Genoa.
In a game that saw three red cards, four yellow cards, and 35 fouls it was far from beautiful.
While as expected, Juventus dominated in almost every area. With 54 percent possession, 27 shots and 10 corners, the scoreline does flatter the visitors.
It was imperative that the injury-ravaged Juve got the win, to regain top spot from title challengers Inter.
So the fact that they are almost a boogie team for the Old Lady of Italian football made for an interesting proposition.
Bernardeschi and Dybala’s forced early saves, but it was defender Leonardo Bonucci who opened the scoring on the night.
Nodding ina Bentancur corner in the 36th minute.
Juve was living dangerously though as when they did have the ball the visitors pressed forward.
That the home side lead only lasted four minutes.
Alex Sandro’s poor pass was intercepted and Christian Kouame cut out a terrible pass by Sandro.
But how Kouame scored nobody knows.
He lined up the ball for a strike and mishit his effort.
But the gods of football were shining down on him for that split second.
The ball, he kicked cannoned of his other leg and popped up over a dumbfounded Gianluigi Buffon an ended up in the back of the net.
Going in at the half, Juventus 1 – 1 Genoa.
The restart saw temperatures reach boiling point.
Genoa went down to ten men in the 51st when Cassata got a second yellow card for pulling the shirt of Dybala.
This, in turn, had a knock-on effect for a moment of madness for Genoa’s substitute goalkeeper Marchetti.
Who argued with the first red card to the point he was given one for his off the field antics.
Then in the 87th minute, Juve lost Rabiot for two yellow cards inside 25 minutes. His second one for a poor challenge on Gumus.
In the 92nd minute, VAR got their moment of the match. Disallowing a Ronaldo goal from a Cuadrado cross. The striker was adjudged to have been offside.
The game was all but over when in the 94th minute Ronaldo tries to conjure one last little something up from nothing.
He goes on a run at the Genoa defense, only for Genoa’a Sanabria to make a rash challenge and bring the Portugues down in the box.
Up steps Juves talisman, to power the ball into to far left bottom corner of the goal. Perfectly placed well out of the reach of Radu.
Final score: Juventus 2 – 1 Genoa.
Genoa will feel hard done by but with a player like Ronaldo on the pitch, anything can happen.
Maurizio Sarri’s post-match comments with the clubs official website Juventus .com summed up Juve’s below-par performance.
“We need to be more careful and in this sense, we certainly have room for improvement.”
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 30, 2019