MATCH REPORT: JUVENTUS 3-2 GENOA.

Once again the Old Lady survives. So goes these matches in Coppa Italia.


Juventus snatched a late extra time winner by Hamza Rafia, a second half substitute as Juventus bests Genoa 3-2 to move on to the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.

Juventus scored early after 90 seconds as the captain Georgio Chiellini threaded through for Dejan Kulusevski to fire in relatively undisturbed from 12 yards.


Mattia Bani needed a last-ditch tackle on Kulusevski, who had dribbled into the box, but the Sweden international created the second goal for Morata with a first-time flick to send the Spaniard running.

However, Genoa scored with their first real chance of the game, a cross whipped in from the right for the diving header of Lennart Czyborra.

Juve started to lose intensity as the game wore on and Genoa completed the comeback for 2-2 with a stunning Filippo Melegoni screamer into the top corner from outside the box.


In a desperate bid to avoid extra time, Andrea Pirlo threw on Cristiano Ronaldo at the 88th minute. CR7 earned a free kick, but fired it over from an improbable angle, and it went to extra time.


In the extra frame Rafia scored the winner. Ronaldo sent Morata down the left, his low cross found Rafia for the winner as he scored from six years easily .

Genoa thought they had equalised 3-3 with Ivan Radovanovic’s header, but Arthur saved the day with a clearance inches from the goal line


Kulusevski also had the chance to seal it when intercepting a poor Rovella pass, but Paleari made an extraordinary save to fingertip over the bar.


Lukas Lerager’s strike took a deflection over the bar, but Juve held on for the narrow win.


Juventus survives again . Upnext is the must anticipated Derby D' Italia on Sunday vs Inter in another must win for Juventus to keep pressure on Inter and Milan as the Scudetto race heats up.


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