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    22.03.2015 16:51 - in: Serie A S

    Tevez strikes again as Juve march on

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    Carlos Tevez produces another superb strike to keep the Bianconeri flying high at the top of Serie A with this afternoon’s 1-0 win over Genoa.

    Another  superb  Carlos Tevez strike stretched the Bianconeri’s lead at the top of Serie A to 17 points with this afternoon’s 1-0 triumph over Genoa in Turin.

    Twenty-five  minutes  were  on  the clock when the Argentine picked up from where  he  left  off in Dortmund, producing another moment of magic with an explosive run and right-footed shot that left Mattia Perin with no chance.

    Tevez  had  the chance to  extend  both  his  own  personal tally and the Bianconeri’s  lead  when  Roberto Pereyra was tripped in the box by Facundo Roncaglia  on  the hour mark, only for substitute Genoa goalkeeper to guess correctly and deny him from the spot.

    Buoyed  by  that  reprieve,  the  Rossoblu pushed for an equaliser during a finale  to the game that set nerves jangling, but the hosts managed to ride out  a  late  surge to sign off for the international break with their 12th home league win of the season.

    Despite  the  first opportunity of the encounter falling to the visitors, a side-footed  attempt  from  M'Baye  Niang that curled wide of Gigi Buffon’s upright,  it  was  the Bianconeri who had the lion’s share of possession in the  opening  10 minutes, starving Genoa of the ball with frenzied pressing in all areas of the field.

    To  their  credit,  the  visitors recovered quickly and started to ask some questions  of  their own, pinning the Bianconeri back inside their own half and forcing them to defend deep during a decent spell of pressure.

    But  the hosts remained patient and found the opener on 25 minutes courtesy of  a  trademark  piece  of Tevez magic. Fresh from his two-goal display in Dortmund, the Argentine picked up the ball on the edge of the area, dropped his  shoulder and weaved into the box before crashing an unstoppable strike in off the bar past a helpless Perin.

    With  the  Bianconeri  continuing to up the ante, two excellent chances for them to extend their lead arrived just before the half-time whistle. First, Fernando  Llorente  saw his close-range header saved by Perin, then Giorgio Chiellini  rattled  the  woodwork  with a follow up strike from a matter of yards.

    The  second  half  began with Genoa making two changes in quick succession: former  Juventus  frontman Marco Borriello replaced Niang, while substitute goalkeeper Eugenio Lamanna came on for the injured Perin moments later.

    The  shotstopper was handed a baptism of fire almost immediately, called to deal  with  a Tevez spot kick after Pereyra had been tripped inside the box by  Roncaglia. It was a test Lamanna passed with flying colours, diving low to his right to thwart the Argentine from 12 yards.

    Seventy-two  minutes  were  on the clock when Massimiliano Allegri opted to freshen things up, introducing Simone Pepe and Alessandro Matri to the fray after also bringing them on during the week against Dortmund.

    Former  Rossoblu  frontman  Matri,  who  returned to Juventus in the winter transfer window, had the chance to make an immediate impact, nodding Pepe’s inswinging free-kick towards goal but finding Lamanna equal to it.

    The end of the game brought a few hesitant moments as Genoa pushed for an equaliser, but  strong  Bianconeri  defending,  including  a  sensational interception  by Andrea Barzagli at the back post when Diego Perotti looked odds-on  to  score,  kept  the  visitors at bay to preserve a crucial three points.

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