- Sturaro and Pandev give Genoa unlikely 2-0 victory
- Lionel Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelona romp
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Juventus fell to their first Serie A defeat of the season on Sunday as Genoa ran out 2-0 winners days after the Turin club’s Champions League heroics against Atlético Madrid.
Stefano Sturaro, who joined Genoa on loan from Juventus in January before the deal was made permanent, put the home side in front in the second half before fellow substitute Goran Pandev secured the shock result with 10 minutes remaining.
Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the matchday squad for the trip to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri was left frustrated as Genoa took points off his side for the second time this season, having drawn 1-1 in Turin in October.
“I expected a different Juventus,” Allegri told Italian broadcasters. “We did not put in a good performance, we made some mistakes and then this goal came out of nowhere. Much like the Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta, we picked the right game to lose, because it’s just before the break for international duty, so we have time to unplug and rest.
“I am actually happy for Stefano, because if anyone had to score against us, I’m glad it was Sturaro. He’s a lovely guy and suffered so much, out of action for practically a year with that tendon injury, so he deserves it.”
Internazionale leapfrogged Milan into third place after claiming a 3-2 victory in the derby. Inter took the lead in the third minute when Matias Vecino stabbed home from close range after the ball had been headed into his path.
Stefan De Vrij doubled Inter’s lead six minutes into the second period when he headed in from 12 yards but the Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko pulled a goal back for Milan six minutes later. Lautaro Martínez restored Inter’s two-goal advantage from the penalty spot in the 67th minute after Matteo Politano had been brought down.
Milan then reduced the deficit for a second time four minutes later, with Mateo Musacchio slamming in from a few yards out. The Milan substitute Andrea Conti was initially shown a red card for a foul on Martínez in the 87th minute but that was downgraded to a yellow following a VAR review. Danilo D’Ambrosio produced a finel block to keep Patrick Cutrone’s effort out in added time as Inter held on to take all three points.
Lionel Messi netted yet another brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards the La Liga title with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Real Betis.
All three goals in Messi’s 51st career treble were memorable, with a superb free-kick to open being followed by a clinical link-up with Luis Suárez before the Argentinian finished things off with a pinpoint late chip.
Suárez also got in on the act with a fine solo goal while Betis’ reply, from Loren, was also one for the highlights reel from a hugely entertaining encounter at the Benito Villamarin Stadium. The result sees Barcelona extend their advantage over second-placed Atlético Madrid, who lost on Saturday, to 10 points, and keeps them firmly on course for a possible LaLiga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble this season.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich responded to Borussia Dortmund’s late win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday by thrashing Mainz 6-0 to climb back to the top of the table. James Rodríguez scored a hat-trick, as Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies also got on the scoresheet. Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt beat Nürnberg via Martin Hinteregger’s goal 1-0 to keep their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League alive.
The former Manchester United midfielder Ángel Di María scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain beat Marseille 3-1 in Ligue 1.
After Kylian Mbappé, who missed a late penalty, and Valere Germain scored either side of half-time, Di María put PSG back in front and sealed the win with a sumptuous free-kick. Yohann Pele’s first job was the pick the ball out of the net after Steve Mandanda saw red.
Meanwhile, Sevilla have announced the return of Monchi as sporting director, ending links to Arsenal. Gunners manager Unai Emery, who previously worked with Monchi at the Spanish club, had been keen to see the 50-year-old installed at the Emirates Stadium.
Monchi, who has a long association with Sevilla stretching back to his playing career, was available after leaving his role as director of football at Italian club Roma this month. A statement from the La Liga club read: “Sevilla FC and Monchi have come to an agreement for the San Fernando native to return to the post he left two years ago – sporting director of Sevilla Football Club.”