Sime­one dou­ble stuns Ju­ven­tus

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MILAN: A quick fire brace from Gio­vanni Sime­one, the son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego, carved the Serie A ti­tle race open on Sun­day as Genoa claimed a stun­ning 3-1 win over lead­ers Ju­ven­tus.

Juve’s third de­feat of a sea­son in which they are hop­ing to se­cure a record sixth con­sec­u­tive ‘scud­etto’ left the Turin gi­ants just four points ahead of Roma, 3-2 win­ners over Pescara thanks to an Edin Dzeko brace, and on-form AC, who beat Em­poli 4-1 away on Satur­day.

Coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri ad­mit­ted the de­feat was a blow in a game that saw Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves added to the club’s lengthy in­jury list, Alves no­tably suf­fer­ing a frac­tured shin that could rule him out for sev­eral months.

“It’s a blow and has brought us back to earth with a bump,” said Al­le­gri of the cham­pi­ons’ third de­feat of the cam­paign.

“I’m an­gry, but no team is ca­pa­ble of win­ning all the time.”

Ju­ven­tus trav­eled to the Luigi Fer­raris Sta­dium with­out a num­ber of key play­ers, with for­ward Paulo Dy­bala and Marko Pjaca and de­fender An­drea Barza­gli no­tably all in the treat­ment room.

Ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini was only fit enough for the bench, mean­ing a start in the back three for Swiss wing back Stephan Licht­steiner.

With Ar­gen­tine striker Gon­zalo Higuain in the same straits due to a mus­cle prob­lem, Al­le­gri was forced to play Juan Cuadrado up front along­side Mario Mandzu­kic.

Genoa sensed an up­set, and were 2-0 up by the 13th minute thanks to a fine Sime­one dou­ble.

“We’re de­lighted to have beaten the strong­est team in Italy, it gives you a spe­cial kind of sat­is­fac­tion,” said Genoa coach Ivan Juric.

“We had a great game and ev­ery­one was com­pletely fo­cused. I want us to kick on from this and have more con­fi­dence in our­selves.”

For the opener, Licht­steiner was out­foxed by Diego Lax­alt in mid­field and the fleet- footed Uruguayan mo­tored away to set up Luca Rigoni for a drive that Gian­luigi Buf­fon did well to parry.

Lu­cas Ocam­pos was quick to the re­bound and when Buf­fon stopped the ball again, Sime­one pounced to beat the keeper at the sec­ond time of ask­ing.

When Sime­one was left un­marked on the edge of the box the 21-year-old Ar­gen­tine ran in to di­rect a div­ing header past Buf­fon from Darko La­zovic’s pin­point de­liv­ery.

A ner­vous Juve con­ceded a third be­fore the half-hour when Rigoni’s vol­ley from a chaotic cor­ner was hit past Buf­fon and into the net by Alex San­dro for an own goal.

Juve avoided a to­tal white­wash when Mi­ralem Pjanic stepped up to curl a su­perb free kick past Mattia Perin eight min­utes from the end.

Else­where Cro­tone moved off bot­tom spot thanks to a 1-1 home draw with Sam­p­do­ria, thanks also to Palermo’s ear­lier 1-0 de­feat to Lazio that sent the Si­cil­ians to rock bot­tom.

Cleve­land Cava­liers' Kyrie Irv­ing (2) goes up for a shot against Philadel­phia 76ers' Nik Stauskas (11) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Philadel­phia on Sun­day. (AP)

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