Forza Juve. Another game in which Juventus was in control from start to finish. First-half goals from Dejan Kulusevski, Alvaro Morata, a scare by Genoa, but Weston Mckennie sealed the victory in a 3-1 win.
The Bianconeri got back on track with a midweek rescheduled win over Napoli, but Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi were still out after contracting COVID on international duty. The Grifone had Kevin Strootman suspended, Luca Pellegrini, and Lennart Czyborra injured, so Nicolò Rovella and Mattia Perin were eager to impress their parent club.
It didn’t take long to break through, as Juan Cuadrado made Rovella dizzy with a shimmy, pulling back from the right for Dejan Kulusevski’s left-foot curler from just inside the area.
Cristiano Ronaldo drilled wide, but Cuadrado was fortunate his handling offense was inches outside the penalty area.
Juve doubled their lead when Federico Chiesa caught Ivan Radovanovic napping in the center-circle, sprinted forward, and forced a save, but while Ronaldo’s follow-up came off the post from a yard, Alvaro Morata was more accurate on the rebound.
Perin flew to palm away an Adrien Rabiot strike, again set up by Chiesa, although Genoa had a huge opportunity just before the break when Gianluca Scamacca squirmed between Matthijs de Ligt and Giorgio Chiellini, forcing Wojciech Szczesny to parry with his body.
Scamacca did get his goal straight after the restart, allowed a completely free header on a corner after De Ligt slipped.
Not for the first time this season, Juventus came out of the half-time break looking like a very different team. Genoa had two huge chances to equalize in quick succession, as first Szczesny got down for a one-handed save on Marko Pjaca’s daisy-cutter, then the same player left Chiellini standing before blasting over from just inside the box.
Ronaldo also skimmed the upright at the other end, but Genoa was taking the initiative and pouring forward. However, Paolo Ghiglione lagged back on a floated Danilo pass, allowing substitute Weston McKennie to spring the offside trap and score just two minutes after coming off the bench.
To make matters worse for Genoa, Davide Zappacosta limped off after all the substitutions had been completed, so they finished the game down to 10 men.
Juve had chances to add a fourth, with Perin denying Alex Sandro and an opportunity that bobbled around in the six-yard box in stoppages.
Juve gets a much-needed win, and will face their foe, Atalanta, next weekend in a battle for the third spot.