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Juve Bounce Back

Two first-half goals by Artur Vidal and Carlos Tevez helped Juve bounce back from their recent defeats at the hands of Fiorentina and Real Madrid, to beat Genoa 2-0 in a one sided Serie A match.

Carlos Tevez was shown a seventh minute yellow card, for a dive and three minutes later Paul Pogba had a left-footed shot blocked after good link-up play with striker Fernando Llorente.

Llorente and Pogba combined again a minute later, but this time the lanky striker’s shot was well saved well by Mattia Perin.

Tevez then had his first shot at goal with just 14 minutes played, but the Argentine striker’s shot went wide of Perin’s right hand post, and the former Manchester United and Manchester City player then had a shot blocked on the edge of the area a minute later.

Juventus came close once more with 20 minutes on the clock when Artur Vidal struck a fierce shot which crashed off the crossbar.

The Chilean midfielder then came close again after linking well with veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo, but his attempt was well blocked by the Genoa defence.

Italian international central defender Giorgio Chiellini then headed over in the 21st minute after getting on the end of a Pirlo corner kick, piling more pressure on Genoa.

The Scudetto champions pressure finally paid off, Kwadwo Asamoah drew a foul from Davide Biondini resulting in a penalty for the hosts.

Vidal stepped up and opened the scoring, calmly slotted the spot-kick into the top right hand corner of Perin’s goal, leaving the Genoa keeper with no chance.

Perin was called into action soon after, the shot-stopper pulling off a smart low save to prevent Pirlo from adding to the score-line.

The reigning champions did not have to wait long to double their advantage, Tevez was played in by Asamoah and hit a powerful left-footed  shot past Genoa’s keeper, giving the hosts a two goal lead going into the half-time break.

The second-half started where the first had left off, Juventus creating most of the clear cut chances, with Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini thanking his goal keeper Perin for keeping his side in it.

Perin kept out a 52nd-minute drive from Tevez and tipped over Llorente's first-time rebound attempt.

The win puts Antonio Conte’s men on 22 points, level with Napoli with are currently second and hot on heels of log-leaders Roma.

The result leaves Genoa struggling just above the relegation zone with only two wins from their nine matches.

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