Solo show? Ronaldo-less Juventus sunk by Genoa raising questions of their ability without CR7

After a remarkable turn over of events, and comeback, Portuguese and Juventus goalscorer, Christiano Ronaldo was claimed to have said that he was signed by Juventus to score goals.

That cannot be denied as he has lived to do that every time he is playing but it was not that way over the weekend as he was kept aside a thing that saw the Juventus boys get sunk by Genoa leaving many asking whether he is a one man show or he does carry the team over is shoulders.

Juventus without Champions League show stopper Cristiano Ronaldo fell to their first Serie A defeat of the season as they suffered a shock loss in the hands of Genoa.

Former Juve player Stefano Sturaro curled in the opener in the 72nd minute before Goran Pandev made sure of the win for the mid-table side with a powerful finish nine minutes from time.

“I expected a different Juventus,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri referring to the 1-1 draw earlier in the season.

“We did not put in a good performance.”

Juve had last lost in the top flight on 22 April 2018 and this season had dropped points on only three occasions prior to Sunday’s game.

The home side made a good start when Christian Kouame forced a good save from former Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin before they had penalty decision overturned by VAR. The video technology also overturned Juve striker Paulo Dybala’s goal for an offside in the build-up.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in Juve’s 3-2 aggregate win over Atletico Madrid in midweek, was left out of the matchday squad.

Juventus remain 15 points clear of second-placed Napoli, who beat Udinese  4-2 on Sunday.

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