Juventus tasted its first defeat after 28 matches in the Italian serie A, loosing 2-0 to Genao on Sunday.
Genoa ran out winners days after the Turin club’s Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo-less juventus were ordinary as they were punished by their former player Stefano Sturaro, who joined Genoa on loan from Juventus in January before the deal was made permanent.
Cristiano Ronaldo who inspired the Serie A champion to a remarkable European comeback was unnamed in the matchday squad as coach Massimiliano Allegri hinges his absence on his recall to the national team.
However, the Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri who was disappointed by his team’s performance said: “I expected a different Juventus,” Allegri tells 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.”
Earlier, fans had threatened to return their tickets if Cristiano Ronaldo did not play.
Juventus’ lead at the summit could be cut to 15 points if Napoli overcomes Udinese later on Sunday.
The Old Lady host struggling Empoli after the international break, while Genoa travel to Udinese