Juventus 3-2 Genoa (AET): Debutant Hamza Rafia involves the rescue to ship Andrea Pirlo’s facet into Coppa Italia quarter-finals after that they had blown two-goal lead
- Juventus wanted additional time to get previous Genoa on Wednesday night time
- Youngster Hamza Rafia was the unlikely hero for Andrea Pirlo’s males
- And under-strength Juve facet had marched into an early two-goal lead
- Filippo Melegoni’s equaliser with 15 minutes left compelled extra-time
Serie A champions Juventus made 10 modifications from the workforce that beat Sassuolo on the weekend, however that they had no bother racing right into a two-goal lead in Turin towards a much-changed Genoa.
Young Swedish ahead Dejan Kulusevski opened the scoring after two minutes earlier than then establishing the returning Alvaro Morata to make it 2-Zero within the 23rd minute.
However, seemingly in cruise management, Juve took their foot off the gasoline, with Lennart Czyborra getting Genoa deservedly again within the contest earlier than half-time.
Juventus gamers collect round goalscorer Hamza Rafia (No 50) after his winner in extra-time
Rafia spared Juventus’ blushes after that they had been pegged again by Genoa within the last-16 tie
JUVENTUS: Buffon; Dragusin, Demiral (Danilo 64), Chiellini (Bonucci 64), Bernardeschi; Wesley (Ronaldo 88), Arthur, Bentancur (Rabiot 46), Portanova (Rafia 78); Morata, Kulusevski
Goalscorers: Kulusevski 2, Morata 23, Rafia 104
GENOA: Paleari; Goldaniga, Bani, Dumbravanu (Males 97); Ghiglione, Lerager, Rovella, Melegoni (Radovanovic 106), Czyborra (Eboa Ebongue 112); Pjaca, Scamacca
Goalscorers: Czyborra 28, Melegoni 74
Filippo Melegoni then accomplished the turnaround within the 74th minute with a wonderful end, and Juve, who needed to introduce Cristiano Ronaldo, couldn’t discover a winner because the match went to additional time.
It was left to substitute Rafia to bundle dwelling his first Juventus objective, on his debut, to settle the competition within the 104th minute.
They now look ahead to a quarter-final conflict with the winner of the match between Sassuolo and Spal on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan wanted an extra-time winner from substitute Romelu Lukaku to beat Fiorentina 2-1 and e-book a gathering with rivals AC Milan within the quarter-finals.
Dejan Kuluseveski celebrates after firing Juventus forward towards Genoa on Wednesday
Alvaro Morata doubled the hosts’ lead in simply the 23rd minute of the Coppa Italia conflict
Genoa hit again and equalised by way of Filippo Melegoni with a quarter-of-an-hour to play
Andrea Pirlo (left) rang the modifications with Cristiano Ronaldo (proper) beginning on the bench