Juventus fell to their first Serie A defeat of the season on Sunday as Genoa ran out 2-0 winners days after the Turin club’s Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid.
Concise News reports that Stefano Sturaro, who joined Genoa on loan from Juventus in January before the deal was made permanent, put the home side in front in the second half before fellow substitute Goran Pandev secured the result for his side with 10 minutes remaining.
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired a remarkable European comeback for the Italian champions on Tuesday when he scored a hat-trick to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat against Atletico and send his side through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win. But the Portuguese superstar was unnamed in the matchday squad as coach Massimiliano Allegri hinges his absence on his recall to the national team.
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In the end, the gaffer was left frustrated: “I expected a different Juventus,” Allegri tells Italian broadcasters. “We did not put in a good performance, we made some mistakes and then this goal came out of nowhere. Much like the Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta, we picked the right game to lose, because it’s just before the break for international duty, so we have time to unplug and rest.
“I am actually happy for Stefano because if anyone had to score against us, I’m glad it was Sturaro. He’s a lovely guy and suffered so much, out of action for practically a year with that tendon injury, so he deserves it.”
Earlier, fans had threatened to return their tickets if Cristiano Ronaldo did not play.
Juventus’ lead at the summit could be cut to 15 points if Napoli overcomes Udinese later on Sunday.
The Old Lady host struggling Empoli after the international break, while Genoa travel to Udinese