Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 96th-minute penalty as champions Juventus scraped to a 2-1 Serie A win over strugglers Genoa on Wednesday, in a game that both sides ended with 10 men.
Genoa looked set to earn a hard-fought point in Thiago Motta’s second game in charge after Christian Kouame’s freak goal had cancelled out Leonardo Bonucci’s 36th-minute header.
Both sides had a men sent off in the second half, Genoa’s Francesco Cassata and Juve’s Adrien Rabiot given their marching orders, before Ronaldo took centre stage.
The Portuguese first had a 92nd-minute tap in ruled out by VAR for offside. But that was far from the end of the drama, and there was still time for Ronaldo to fire a sluggish Juve to victory, as the striker himself won the decisive penalty following a coming-together with substitute Antonio Sanabria – VAR this time going in his favour after the spot-kick was checked by the officials.