Cristiano Ronaldo on target but Juventus’ perfect run ends

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Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, grabbed another goal, but Juventus saw their perfect start to the Serie A season halted by Genoa on Saturday evening.

With an eye on the Bianconeri’s Champions League clash with Manchester United this week, Max Allegri rested Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala.

His decision seemed like a masterstroke as Juventus were in front as early as the 18th minute. It was Ronaldo who breathed life into an utterly dead encounter.

Joao Cancelo’s strike deflected into the path of the Portugal star, who made no mistake from close range.

Soon after Ronaldo went close to extending Juve’s lead in the 24th minute with a shot from close range, but Genoa shot-stopper Radu produced an excellent save to deny the Portuguese attacker.

The visitors, meanwhile, were finding it tough to penetrate the thick Old Lady’s defence, which gave nothing away in their box.

The home side did push for more goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half, but Genoa defended well enough to keep the score at 1-0 at the break.

Genoa were threatening to pull level in the opening stages of the second half, which prompted Allegri to introduce Costa for Juan Cuadrado.

The visitors eventually got their way in the 67th minute when Daniel Bessa caught the Juve defence napping and nodded home from close range.

Dybala almost restored parity 10 minutes later, but the Argentine’s first-time strike sailed inches wide of the mark.

The Serie A champions threw everything forward in search of a winning goal in the latter stages but met stern resistance from a determined Genoa team.

Despite the stalemate, Juve maintained their foothold on the league.

Juve will now shift their focus to this week’s UEFA Champions League clash with United.