Italian Serie A
Genoa0Juventus1

Genoa 0-1 Juventus

Andrea Pirlo's brilliant late free-kick earned Juventus a fortuitous win at Genoa to extend their Serie A lead to 17 points.

Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo had two first-half goals disallowed for offside for the visitors before the break.

Genoa substitute Emanuele Calaio had a second-half penalty saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

And Pirlo curled in the winner with a minute left, to extend their record scoring run to 41 league matches.

Juventus's lead could be closed by Roma, who have two games in hand over the Old Lady, at home to Udinese on Monday.

But, with only one defeat in the league to their name all season, Juventus appear to be closing in on a third consecutive title.

Antonio Conte's men were far from impressive and, without their injured top scorer Carlos Tevez, struggled to threaten a hard-working Genoa.

They were harshly denied an opener though when Osvaldo chipped home, after latching onto Paul Pogba's sublime back-heel, only for the goal to be wrongly ruled out for offside.

The striker had an earlier effort correctly disallowed for offside in an otherwise uneventful first half.

After the break, Genoa dominated for long periods and, after Andrea Bertolacci had two shots blocked, the hosts were awarded a penalty for Arturo Vidal's handball.

Substitute Calaio's weakly hit penalty was comfortably pushed away by Buffon and the miss proved costly as Pirlo's moment of brilliance won the match for the visitors.

Line-ups

Genoa

  • 1Perin
  • 21Motta
  • 13Antonelli
  • 15Marchese
  • 4De MaioBooked at 12mins
  • 8Burdisso
  • 69SturaroBooked at 22mins
  • 91Bertolacci
  • 11GilardinoBooked at 28minsSubstituted forCalaiòat 64'minutes
  • 10SculliBooked at 25mins
  • 27Matuzalem

Substitutes

  • 16Calaiò
  • 18Fetfatzidis
  • 26Centurion
  • 29De Ceglie
  • 53Bizzarri
  • 77Konate
  • 79Cabral
  • 90Portanova
  • 95Albertoni

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26LichtsteinerSubstituted forIslaat 85'minutes
  • 22Asamoah
  • 3Chiellini
  • 19Bonucci
  • 4Cáceres
  • 23VidalBooked at 50minsSubstituted forPadoinat 85'minutes
  • 6PogbaBooked at 60mins
  • 18OsvaldoSubstituted forQuagliarellaat 79'minutes
  • 14Llorente
  • 21Pirlo

Substitutes

  • 5Ogbonna
  • 20Padoin
  • 27Quagliarella
  • 30Storari
  • 33Isla
  • 34Rubinho
  • 39Slivka
  • 40Bnou Marzouk
Referee:
Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Attendance:
23,832

Match Stats

Home TeamGenoaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home23
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Genoa 0, Juventus 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Genoa 0, Juventus 1.
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sebastien De Maio (Genoa).
Foul by Fernando Llorente (Juventus).
Giovanni Marchese (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernando Llorente.

Goal!

Goal! Genoa 0, Juventus 1. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stefano Sturaro (Genoa).
Attempt saved. Luca Antonelli (Genoa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus) because of an injury.
Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
Emanuele Calaiò (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Simone Padoin replaces Arturo Vidal.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Mauricio Isla replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Arturo Vidal (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sebastien De Maio (Genoa).
Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marco Motta (Genoa).
Foul by Fernando Llorente (Juventus).
Sebastien De Maio (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Fabio Quagliarella replaces Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
Offside, Juventus. Martín Cáceres tries a through ball, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is caught offside.
Corner, Genoa. Conceded by Martín Cáceres.
Attempt blocked. Andrea Bertolacci (Genoa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesco Matuzalem.
Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Giuseppe Sculli (Genoa).
Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo with a cross following a set piece situation.
Fernando Llorente (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sebastien De Maio (Genoa).
Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marco Motta (Genoa).
Penalty saved! Emanuele Calaiò (Genoa) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
Penalty conceded by Arturo Vidal (Juventus) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Luca Antonelli.
Martín Cáceres (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emanuele Calaiò (Genoa).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
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