Sime­one scores twice in Genoa’s win over Ju­ven­tus

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Genoa blew away Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus yes­ter­day, scor­ing three times in an as­ton­ish­ing first half hour on the way to a pul­sat­ing 3-1 win.

Gio­vanni Sime­one, the 21-year-old son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego, scored twice in the first 15 min­utes be­fore Alex San­dro put through his own goal on a mis­er­able af­ter­noon for the Turin side.

Mi­ralem Pjanic pulled one back for the ti­tle­hold­ers when he curled in a free kick in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time since Oc­to­ber 2005 that Ju­ven­tus had con­ceded three goals in the first half of a Serie A match. Juve’s third league de­feat of the sea­son meant their lead at the top was cut to four points over AC Milan who won 4-1 at Em­poli on Satur­day.

Genoa, ninth in the ta­ble with 19 points, went ahead with an ex­tra­or­di­nary goal af­ter just three min­utes. Ju­ven­tus de­fender Leonardo Bonucci lost pos­ses­sion and Luca Rigoni sprinted clear.

His shot was par­ried by Gian­luigi Buf­fon, who also saved the re­bound from Lu­cas Ocam­pos and then an­other ef­fort from Sime­one be­fore the Ar­gen­tine for­ward scored at the fourth at­tempt.

Ten min­utes later, a flow­ing move found Darko La­zovic on the right and he turned Alex San­dro in­side out be­fore de­liv­er­ing a low cross which Sime­one met with a div­ing header to score the sec­ond.

Genoa, who had al­ready beaten Milan by the same score at the Luigi Fer­raris sta­dium looked dan­ger­ous ev­ery time they came for­ward and scored a third in the 28th minute af­ter more chaos in the Ju­ven­tus de­fence.

A cor­ner found Rigone who volleyed against the cross­bar and Alex San­dro, in at­tempt­ing to clear, only suc­ceeded in head­ing it over the line.

Shortly af­ter­wards, Ju­ven­tus de­fender Leonardo Bonucci went off with what ap­peared to be a ham­string in­jury. Juve pulled them­selves to­gether af­ter half­time and brought on striker Gon­zalo Higuain but were only able to make a small dent in Genoa’s lead with Pjanic’s late goal.

Lazio and Ata­lanta both won to move onto 28 points, one be­hind Milan. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic tapped in Du­san Basta’s cross from close range to give Lazio a 1-0 win at Palermo and hand the Si­cil­ians a sev­enth straight de­feat.

An­drea Masiello and Jas­min Kur­tic scored in each half to give Ata­lanta a 2-0 win at Bologna, their sixth win in a row. Palermo are now level at the bot­tom on six points with Cro­tone who drew 1-1 with Sam­p­do­ria. Marco Sau scored with a back­heel flick to give Cagliari a 2-1 win over Udi­nese in the af­ter­noon’s other match. Roma were at home to Pescara in the evening need­ing a win to pull level on points with Milan. —Reuters

GENOA: Ju­ven­tus’ Bos­nian mid­fielder Mi­ralem Pjanic (L) scores dur­ing the Ital­ian Serie A foot­ball match Genoa vs Ju­ven­tus yes­ter­day at the Luigi Fer­raris sta­dium in Genoa. — AFP

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