Juventus’ perfect start to the season came to an end in Turin on Saturday as Genoa earned a 1-1 draw on the day Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 400 goals in Europe’s top five leagues.
Ronaldo gave Juventus a deserved lead in a dominant first half, but sloppy defending from the hosts allowed Daniel Bessa to draw Genoa level after the break and end Juve’s winning streak at ten matches in all competitions.
Genoa boss Ivan Juric, who replaced Davide Ballardini before the international break for his third spell in charge of the club, made an immediate impact as the Italian champions failed to record a victory for the first time in nine league games this season.
Ronaldo had come close to opening the scoring after just 14 minutes when he powered a header onto the post from a Juan Cuadrado cross.
The Portuguese opened his account just five minutes later, tapping in from close range after Genoa failed to clear their lines when Joao Canceloa’s shot took an awkward deflection inside the box.
The atmosphere at the Allianz Arena was dampened after racist chants during Juve’s last home league game against Napoli resulted in a closure of the ‘Curva Suda’ section of the stadium.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Juventus: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi (Dybala 71); Cuadrado (Douglas Costa 59), Mandzukic (Bernardeschi 81), Ronaldo
Subs not used: De Sciglio, Chiellini, Barzagli, Kean, Pinsoglio, Perin, Can, Rugani
Goals: Ronaldo (19)
Genoa: Radu; Biraschi, Romero, Criscito; Pereira (Gunter 79), Romulo, Sandro, Bessa (Hiljemark 82), Lazovic; Piatek, Kouame (Pandev 85)
Subs not used: Marchetti, Lopez, Lapadula, Mazzitelli, Rolon, Lakicevic, Omeonga, Picanco Medeiros, Zukanovic
Goals: Bessa (67)
Booked: Romero, Criscito, Pandev.
The Italian champions, though, were allowed to fill the seats with local school children this time round.
Krzysztof Piatek, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals, tested Wojciech Szczesny from range before flashing a header wide as the visitors improved after the break.
And Jurica’s side drew level when Daniel Bessa headed home from close range on 68 minutes after the Juve defence switched off.
There were further chances for Ronaldo, Miralem Pjanic and substitute Paulo Dybala but Jurica’s players stood firm to earn an unexpected point.
Earlier, Roma suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to SPAL courtesy of an Andrea Petagna penalty and a Kevin Bonifazi header either side of the break.