Juan Cuadrado (right) celebrates with Juventus team-mates
Juan Cuadrado (right) celebrates with Juventus team-mates

Juventus moved up to fifth in Serie A as goals from Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala sealed a 2-0 win over Genoa at the Allianz Stadium.

Cuadrado got Juve on their way in the ninth minute of Sunday's game, the wing-back whipping in straight from a corner for his third league goal of the campaign.

Salvatore Sirigu made a string of saves to deny Juve after that, but Dybala ensured there was to be no tense finale with a fine finish eight minutes from full-time.

Despite now winning four of their last five Serie A matches, Juve are still seven points adrift of fourth-placed Atalanta, while Genoa remain 18th and two points from safety.

Juve went ahead when Cuadrado's corner from the left looped over Sirigu and in off the underside of the crossbar, the Colombia international becoming only the eighth player to score directly from a corner in Serie A since 2010.

Sirigu blocked a Federico Bernardeschi effort at his near post soon after, and the Genoa goalkeeper did superbly to keep out Matthijs de Ligt's initial header and close-range follow-up in the 37th minute.

Sirigu was called into action again on the stroke of half-time, this time repelling Alvaro Morata's strike on the stretch after an incisive break.

Dybala whipped over at the start of the second period, before an inspired Sirigu denied Morata, Dybala and Cuadrado in quick succession.

Argentina international Dybala did eventually get the better of Sirigu, firing across him from the left-hand side of the penalty area after being played in by Bernardeschi.

What does it mean? Allegri oversees landmark win

There can be no debate that Juve deserved to see off Andriy Shevchenko's side, given they had a whopping 27 shots while not allowing their opponents a single attempt on goal.

The victory was Massimiliano Allegri's 250th in Serie A (150th with Juventus), making him just the second coach to reach that landmark in the competition in the three-points-per-win era, after Carlo Ancelotti (275).

Sirigu bounces back

He will be disappointed with his role in Cuadrado's goal, but Sirigu was in sensational form after that. The Italy international made a remarkable 10 saves to ensure Genoa did not suffer a humiliating defeat.

Morata's frustrations spill over

It was a game to forget for Morata, who was unable to find a way past Sirigu with his three shots on target. The Spain international also exchanged heated words with Allegri when he was hauled off for Moise Kean in the 73rd minute, moments after receiving a yellow card for dissent.

What's next?

Juve, who have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages, wrap up their Group H campaign at home to Malmo on Wednesday before a trip to Venezia in Serie A on Saturday. Genoa, meanwhile, host Sampdoria in a league derby on Friday.


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