Juventus’s campaign for a sixth consecutive Serie A title suffered a small setback as the Italian Champions lost 3-1 against minnows Genoa.
Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, caught the Bianconeri cold with a third-minute opener before cutting through a sleepy back-line to double the Grifone’s lead ten minutes after.
Juventus’s own midfielder Alex Sandro then scored an unfortunate own-goal to put Genoa firmly out of reach. It was Miralem Pjanic’s late strike from a free-kick that the Turin club was spared from their worst league reverse since January 2011.
The Old Lady are four points clear at the top before next weekend’s meeting with in form team Atalanta, who are joint fifth with Lazio after winning six games in a row. They would also have to do so without key defenders Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci, both of whom suffered injuries in the game.
Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko scored twice but Roma needed a third goal from Diego Perotti to survive a Pescara comeback and triumph 3-2 in the capital.
The Bosnian striker reached 12 league goals for 2016-17 with a quickfire early brace before Ledian Memushaj made it a contest after half-time.
Had Perotti not then stuck away a spot-kick, Gianluca Caprari’s powerful left-footed finish would have denied Roma their share of second place with Milan at 29 points, five behind Juventus and one ahead of Atalanta and Lazio.