Juventus moved four points clear of Lazio again in Serie A thanks to superb goals from Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning goal as Juventus restored their four-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 3-1 victory over struggling Genoa.
Lazio’s win over Torino had seen the gap at the top of Serie A closed to one point prior to kick-off at Stade Luigi Ferraris, but Maurizio Sarri’s side ultimately made light work of their hosts.
After a dominant first-half display failed to produce the goods, Juve made the pressure count early in the second period – Paulo Dybala opening the scoring before Ronaldo picked out the top right-hand corner of the net in sensational fashion.
13′ CLOSE! Ronaldo’s long shot denied
Perin is forced into action again, this time with a far more spectacular stop! Ronaldo, quiet until now, unleashes a right-footed strike that looks destined for the top-right corner. The goalkeeper gets up to parry brilliantly.
43′ NICE TRY! Ronaldo’s shot denied by Perin
Juve are back on the attack and Ronaldo works Perin! Dybala feeds his strike partner, who is wide on the right but looks to have picked out the top corner until a strong left hand turns the shot away.
50′ GOAL! Genoa 0-1 Juventus (Dybala)
Genoa had made a determined start to the second half, again flying into challenges, but Dybala has the home defence looking foolish. He dances past two challenges on the right corner of the area and can then cut inside onto his left to fire in a low shot that slips beyond Perin’s fingertips.
56′ GOAL! Genoa 0-2 Juventus (Ronaldo)
Genoa do not get out to close Ronaldo down and, from 25 yards, he lashes a right-footed drive high past Perin into the top-right corner. Juve lead 2-0 and are surely on course for another win now.
58′ Yellow Card! Sturaro booked
Sturaro only left Juve last year but there are no friends here as the Genoa captain catches Bernardeschi with his elbow, prompting a yellow card.
73′ GOAL! Genoa 0-3 Juventus (Douglas Costa)
This is every bit as good as the first two! Juve lead 3-0 after a trio of wondergoals. Costa collects the ball on the right corner of the box, shifts left with a stepover and curls towards the top-left corner. The shot starts some way outside the post but curls magnificently to find the net. Perin is rooted.
76′ GOAL! Genoa 1-3 Juventus (Pinamonti)
With a corner only half-cleared, the striker gathers a second cross in the area and dances into space before unleashing a powerful drive high past Szczesny.