Juventus fell to their first Serie A defeat of the season on Sunday as Genoa ran out 2-0 winners days after the Turin club’s Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid.
Stefano Sturaro, who joined Genoa on loan from Juventus in January before the deal was made permanent, put the home side in front in the second half before fellow substituteGoran Pandevsecured the shock result with 10 minutes remaining.
Cristiano Ronaldoinspired a remarkable European comeback for the Italian champions on Tuesday when he scored a hat-trick to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat against Atletico and send his side through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win.
However, the Portuguese was left out of the matchday squad for the trip to Genoa andMassimiliano Allegri‘s side were sluggish as Genoa took points off them for the second time this season, having drawn 1-1 in Turin in October.
However, the hosts started the brighter as ChristianKouameforced a good save from former Genoa goalkeeperMattia PerinbeforeCesare Prandelli‘s side were awarded a penalty for handball, only for a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review to overturn the decision.
Juventus thought they had gone in front after the break whenPaulo Dybalaswept home a finish, but VAR chalked the goal off for an offside in the build-up.
Sturaro then curled a finish into the corner against his parent club just minutes after coming on, before Pandev made sure of the three points with a powerful finish.
Despite the result, Juventus remain 18 points clear of second-placedNapoliat the summit of the table, while Genoa climbed above Sassuolo into 12th place on 33 points.