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Genoa shock Juve with half hour of power

Press Association logoPress Association 27/11/2016

Massimiliano Allegri insists Juventus had no right to submit so meekly to an astounding three-goal raid by Genoa at the Marassi.

A quickfire brace from Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid head coach Diego, and a 30th-minute own goal from Alex Sandro left Serie A leaders and reigning champions Juventus stunned on Sunday.

A late consolation goal from Miralem Pjanic did little to seal the pain.

The defeat leaves them in a more delicate position than they are used to occupying, with in-form AC Milan only four points behind them after their confident thrashing of Empoli on Saturday night.

Next, Juve have to tackle Atalanta, who have stormed into a share of third place by winning six games straight.

Allegri refused to round on his players after the loss but was far from impressed.

"We can have no excuses for that first half-hour, one which determined the outcome of the match. I'm the first person you should be blaming for that.

"The team improved from then on but the game had already gone."

Referring to the opening 30 minutes, the Juve boss said: "Games like this are tough physically.

"We committed eight fouls and conceded three goals in that period, and with those numbers, nine times out of 10, you go on to lose," he said.

"We need to cut out the naivety with which we started the match.

"We've come here on the back of a Champions League game and this loss, like the two previous ones, has come after a cup game.

"You can't afford to relax after those fixtures, that's something we have to learn. This defeat must teach us once again that the season is very long.

"Hopefully this will give us a kick up the backside and do us some good in the long run."

Ivan Juric, meanwhile, had nothing but praise for his Genoa players.

"Today every single one of the lads played at an extremely high level," Juric said.

"We are really happy that we've managed to beat Juventus in this fashion. Now we want to secure our position in this league and keep on improving."

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