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Juve’s unbeaten season ends at hands of former player Sturaro

Italy Soccer Serie A

Genoa’s Stefano Sturaro, left, scores during the Serie A soccer match between Genoa and Juventus at Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)


Juventus is going to cruise to the Serie A title -- a couple more wins will do the trick -- but it will not do so without suffering a loss.

Second-half goals from former Juve player Stefano Sturaro and Macedonian legend Goran Pandev led 12th place Genoa past Juventus 2-0 on Sunday at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

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Pandev, a longtime Juve nemesis himself, scored nine minutes after Sturaro’s opener, with both players coming off the bench to bag their goals.

Remarkably, Sturaro scored three goals in 90 matches for Juve and was making his debut for Genoa. He had subbed into the match two minutes earlier!

Juventus was without Cristiano Ronaldo and kept Georgio Chiellini, Wojciech Szczesny, and Federico Bernadeschi on the bench following its memorable midweek UEFA Champions League comeback win over Atletico Madrid.

Juve holds an 18-point lead on second-place Napoli. The Old Lady has 10 matches left, while Napoli has 11 on the docket beginning with a 1 p.m. ET visit from Udinese.

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