A “very happy” Cristiano Ronaldo was thrilled with how Juventus overcame a difficult challenge from Genoa to emerge 2-1 winners in the Serie A.
Ronaldo again came to Juventus’ rescue on Wednesday by converting a stoppage-time penalty against Genoa. It came just moments after a VAR review ruled out an earlier goal he’d scored in the Serie A game.
Before then, Juventus seemed on course for another slip-up following Christian Kouame’s strange equaliser.
Despite miskicking the ball completely, the Ivorian forward’s shot went past a wrong-footed Gianluigi Buffon to cancel out Leonardo Bonucci’s opener in Turin.
Therefore, Genoa seemed on course for only their ninth point of the season until Ronaldo intervened.
“I am very happy,” the Portuguese superstar told Sky Sport Italia.
“[It was] a very difficult match against an organised team but we are Juventus, the motto is to [fight to] the end.
“We are very happy with the three points. We created a lot and we deserved it.
“Inter ahead in the standings was an extra stimulus.”
Ronaldo has now scored five goals in eight Serie A matches to help Juventus move back ahead of Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A standings with 26 points from 10 matches this season.
Although Maurizio Sarri’s men will have to make do without Adrien Rabiot for Saturday’s Derby della Mole away to Torino.
The French midfielder, who came on as a 61st-minute substitute for Sami Khedira, was sent-off in the final three minutes upon receiving two yellow cards.
Genoa, on the other hand, had to make do with nine-men for almost the entire second-half following Federico Marchetti and Francesco Cassata’s dismissals.
Nevertheless, Genoa manager Thiago Motta was pleased with the way his players kept going against the heavily-fancied Juventus.
“We played them on level terms until the end which isn’t easy here in Turin,” said Motta.
“I don’t judge referees but I can say he was really severe with us.”