Genoa 1-3 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa net stunners with Paulo Dybala also on target for Serie A leaders as Maurizio Sarri’s men tighten grip on top spot again
- Juventus eased beyond Genoa to open up a four-point lead at the top of Serie A
- Paulo Dybala netted the opener before Cristiano Ronaldo converted from range
- Maurizio Sarri’s men moved clear of Lazio – who came from behind at Torino
- Top scorer Ciro Immobile netted once again and Marco Parolo scored the winner
Juventus tightened their grip on the top spot in Serie A after easing beyond Genoa on Tuesday evening.
The reigning champions were forced to be patient throughout a goalless first half, but secured all three points after Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa netted at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Maurizio Sarri’s men have edged four points clear of second-placed Lazio, who were were forced to come from behind at Torino earlier in the day.
Cristiano Ronaldo fired home as Juventus eased past Genoa to edge closer to the Serie A title
Paulo Dybala opened the scoring for the table toppers – who moved four points ahead of Lazio
It was Dybala who broke the deadlock on 50 minutes, with the Argentinian frontman arrowing home an effort from inside the box.
And superstar Ronaldo doubled Juventus’ lead in spectacular fashion. The Turin giants’ talisman collected possession deep inside Genoa’s half before striding towards goal and dispatching emphatically into the top corner.
Costa added further gloss to the scoreline after replacing Federico Bernardeschi with yet another sumptuous bending effort from the edge of the area.
Dybala broke the deadlock on 50 minutes after arrowing home an effort from inside the area
Douglas Costa had rounded off a good showing from Juventus after coming off the bench
The victory was crucial for Maurizio Sarri’s men after Lazio had battled back against Torino
The victory was made even more crucial for Juventus after fellow title chasers Lazio’s stellar comeback.
The league’s leading scorer Ciro Immobile had even kept up his goal a game average for the capital club.
Immobile gave away a penalty in the fifth minute which was converted but made amends by equalising at the start of the second half for his 29th league goal in as many appearances this season before Marco Parolo gave the visitors another gutsy win.
Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile helped Lazio come from behind and keep up their challenge
Second-placed Lazio, who hit back to beat Fiorentina 2-1 on Saturday, have 68 points from 29 games.
The only sour note for Lazio was a yellow card for Immobile, who will miss their next game against AC Milan to end his ever-present record.
Immobile, who ran tirelessly for the whole match, was initially the villain when Nicolas Nkoulou’s header hit his outstretched arm and Torino captain Andrea Belotti gave the hosts an early lead from the spot.
Immobile gave away a penalty but equalised on 48 minutes to pave the way for Lazio’s win
The 30-year-old forward also wasted a chance to level in the 22nd minute when he fired over from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s pass as the visitors penned Torino back in their own half.
Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi had a goal chalked out for offside just before halftime but Lazio finally broke through two minutes into the second half when Immobile equalised with a clinical finish from Luis Alberto’s incisive pass.
They kept pressing relentlessly and were rewarded in the 73rd minute. Milinkovic-Savic saw a shot blocked by goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu but Torino failed to clear the ball properly and it fell to Parolo who scored with a deflected shot.