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Match report Juventus v Genoa, 13/01/2021, Coppa Italia

Juventus 3-2 Genoa (AET): debutant Rafia places Bianconeri in the last eight

Juventus have four out of four wins in 2021 and will face Sassuolo or SPAL for a place in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Hamza Rafia scored the winner in his debut as Juventus need extra time to beat Genoa 3-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.

A well-modified Juve side was a cut above series A Genoa in the first half at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday, but worked hard to organize a draw against Sassuolo or SPAL.

Dejan Kulusevski was exceptional in the first 45 minutes, scoring inside two minutes and scoring a second goal for Alvaro Morata.

Lennart Czyborra pulled out an unexpected goal in an otherwise one-sided first half and Filippo Melegoni then equalized, but the 21-year-old Tunisia international Rafia came off the bench to settle the game at the end of the first half of extra time.

Kulusevski gave the Turin giants a dream start, controlling an incisive pass from Giorgio Chiellini superbly with his right foot and shooting home with his left.

Genoa couldn’t live with the intensity of Juve and Kulusevski was denied by Alberto Paleari when he went head to head with the Genoa goalkeeper but Morata was on target at 23 minutes .

Kulusevski became the supplier on the occasion, helping another precise ball from Chiellini in the path of the Spain striker with a sublime padded pass and Morata kept his cool to beat Paleari to his near post.

Juve were completely dominant, but Czyborra brought Genoa back when he flew to the back post to get home from Edoardo Goldaniga totally against the run of the game, before Arthur and Manolo Portanova had goals ruled out for offside in a thrilling first half.

Paleari prevented Morata’s shot from his near post early in the second half, but Genoa were almost tied when Marko Pjaca rocked the crossbar from outside the penalty area.

Davide Ballardini’s men recovered after 74 minutes, however, Melegoni curling past Gianluigi Buffon about 25 yards with a measured finish of the right foot.

Pirlo introduced Cristiano Ronaldo and, although Juve couldn’t advance in 90 minutes, Rafia grabbed Lukas Lerager after Morata cut the ball off.

Arthur nodded as Genoa fought to the end and Kulusevski could have sorted it out, but Juve held on.





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