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Genoa shock Juve with half hour of power

dpa logodpa 27/11/2016

Three goals in the first half hour of play have powered Genoa to a stunning win over Juventus.

Juventus stayed top of the Italian Serie A despite a 3-1 defeat at Genoa Sunday as youngster Giovanni Simeone struck twice for the in-form hosts.

The reigning champions stayed on 33 points from 14 games and are still four clear of AC Milan, who hammered Empoli 4-1 Saturday.

Lazio are third on 28 after winning 1-0 at Palermo, while Roma (26) could reclaim second place on goal difference, provided they beat third-bottom Pescara in late action.

Juve struggled under the hosts' breathtaking start and were stunned three times in the first half hour, after having conceded nine goals in the previous 13 games.

A glaring error from Leonardo Bonucci got Gianluigi Buffon in trouble, forcing him to produce three prodigious saves before the son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone flicked home in the third minute.

The 21-year-old was free to nod a second 10 minutes later off Darko Lazovic, but the Bianconeri defence kept faltering and Luca Rigoni missed from close-range.

On 29 minutes they embarrassed themselves at a corner, repeatedly failing to clear until Alex Sandro deflected into his own goal.

Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira missed Juve's first chances after the break, but Buffon was crucial again to block a Simeone counter on 56 minutes.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain came on for defender Stephan Lichtsteiner but had no telling impact on the game and Juve were playing with 10 men when Pjainc curled home a free-kick in the 83rd.

Dani Alves was stretchered off the pitch in the 79th, but could not be replaced as Bonucci exited with a pulled a muscle in the 33rd and Stefano Sturaro came on for Khedira on 70.

Atalanta won 2-0 at Bologna and trail Lazio on goal difference, Cagliari beat Udinese 2-1 and bottom-side Crotone drew 1-1 with Sampdoria.

Lazio's win at Palermo earlier Sunday stretched their unbeaten run to nine games.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored the winner in the 31st off Dusan Basta, after teammate Ciro Immobile's volley struck the crossbar earlier in the game.

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