Substitutes Stefano Sturaro and Goran Pandev scored in the final 20 minutes as Genoa stunned Serie A leaders Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday, to end the league leader’s unbeaten run.
The loss was Juventus first in the Serie A since April 2018, when they were beaten 0-1 by Napoli and their first away Serie A loss since November 2017 when they were beaten 2-3 at the Ferraris, by Sampdoria.
Juve entered the pitch without their talismanic forward, Cristiano Ronaldo who was rested after his midweek heroics against Atletico Madrid and Juve sorely missed his attacking threat in what was an less than average display.
It was former Juventus player, Sturaro , who was bought from Juventus for €16.5million in February, less than two weeks after he joined on loan, that struck his former club in the with the opener after 72 minutes before Pandev’s fine strike past Mattia Perin nine minutes later to secure a deserved victory for the hosts.
It was a day the Bianconeri looked ordinary without Ronaldo, a pointer that Allegri might have some restless nights against Ajax’s exciting band of youngsters who could out run the defence in their forth coming Champions League quarter-finals match.
Genoa had came close to taking a surprise lead after 15 minutes but Perin showed superb reactions to paw away Antonio Sanabria’s powerful drive from 12 yards.
The hosts had a penalty award overturned by VAR on the half-hour mark after Christian Kouame was deemed to have handled the ball before it struck Joao Cancelo’s wrist.
Juve thought they had taken the lead with their first shot on target after 55 minutes through Paulo Dybala. Referee Marco Di Bello was instructed by VAR, however, that there had been an offside in the build-up and the goal was ruled out.