Juventus won for the 13th game operating to help keep the stress on Napoli at the prime of Serie A with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Genoa.
Juventus’ 1-0 win more than Genoa on Wednesday secured a record 13th consecutive Serie A victory, but Napoli’s accomplishment against Lazio keeps the champions second in the race for the Scudetto.
Juan Cuadrado – making his first league start due to the fact December 20 – was pivotal inside the only aim in the game as his endeavour down the best led to a deflected cross deceiving Mattia Perin half an hour in.
Sebastian De Maio was the unfortunate celebration credited with all the personal goal and, when his Genoa team-mates made life complicated for the hosts in spells, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men stay devoid of a win in Turin considering that 1991.
Injuries in either half to Patrice Evra and Martin Caceres dampened a hard-fought win for Massimiliano Allegri as did substitute Simone Zaza’s straight red card for any wild challenge on Armando Izzo.
The Juve boss will most likely be forced into adjustments for Sunday’s clash with Frosinone, which comes ahead of Napoli’s check out in 10 days.
Possessing seen Sami Khedira join their injury list with a thigh complaint picked up against Chievo, Juve brought Simone Padoin, Cuadrado and Evra into their XI.
Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Sandro dropped towards the bench, when Alessio Cerci replaced Diego Perrotti following his move to Roma.
Paulo Dybala had the very best work in the opening stages with a long-range strike flying wide of Perin’s left-hand post 12 minutes in.
Blerim Dzemaili then dragged a shot off target from a comparable distance to prompt a strong spell of Genoa pressure that was punctured by Cuadrado’s opener.
The Colombian skipped previous Izzo towards the byline just before seeing his cross deflect off De Maio and previous Perin to ease any nerves about the Juventus Stadium, with Napoli currently 2-0 up in Rome.
Alex Sandro was brought on for the injured Evra shortly prior to half-time and Juve have been virtually hauled level within a minute in the restart as a Cerci’s drive was awkwardly dealt with by Gianluigi Buffon.
Gasperini’s males grew in self-assurance and had the far better from the play before the hour mark, Allegri responding by replacing Alvaro Morata with Zaza eight minutes into the second half.
The substitute must have doubled Juve’s lead against the run of play with his initially touch, but shot straight at Perin when played clean by means of on aim by Dybala.
Genoa proved stubborn to break down and Juve had been frustrated additional with a second injury-enforced adjust right after Caceres landed on his ankle inside the final 30 minutes.
Zaza’s mindless challenge on Izzo inside the initially minute of stoppage time produced life tougher for the hosts, but Juve – whose win set a record for consecutive league victories inside a single season – had adequate to determine out the win as they remained two points behind Napoli.