Juventus’ Coppa Italia campaign is up and running! The Bianconeri began their defence of the cup tonight with a 2-0 victory over Genoa at Allianz Stadium.
It was a win made in Argentina with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain scoring the goals that ensure they reach the quarter-finals, with Torino lying in wait in an eye-catching inter-city derby to be played on 3 January.
Back in the starting eleven for the first time in two weeks, Dybala had the look of a man on a mission from the outset: on the quarter-hour mark, La Joya wriggled past a host of defenders inside the box and pulled the trigger, only to see his shot well blocked.
Oozing energy and intent, the Argentine forward was getting himself in all the right positions and might well have netted the opener after 39 minutes when Douglas Costa cut the ball back for him, but Juve’s number 10 was unable to steer home from six yards out.
On 42 minutes, however, Dybala made sure of getting back among the goals with a vintage strike, left-footed and low into the bottom corner, to ensure Juventus took a 1-0 lead into half-time.