Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival forced my exit from Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain

Deanna Kelley
October 22, 2018

The draw meant Juventus, who remain top of the Serie A table, dropped their first points of the season.

Ronaldo, despite the turmoil of explosive rape allegations that surfaced before the worldwide break, notched up his fifth goal for his new employers since his headline move from Real Madrid in the 18th minute, ironically helped by a mistake from Genoa's top-scoring Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek.

Juve paid heavily for failing to kill off the encounter when Bessa headed a cross from Christian Kouame into the back of the net on 67 minutes.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford to face former club Manchester United with Juventus on Tuesday and he will he hoping to improve on a poor record against Jose Mourinho. "Genoa did well not to expose themselves, but these things shouldn't happen. We went from frantic to sleeping and vice versa". But I think we did very well and deserved more. "Genoa did well today to play in defence and try to stay in the game, but I have to say this was the biggest example of drifting out of the game that I've seen in my five years at Juventus".

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The Portuguese opened his account just five minutes later, tapping in from close range after Genoa failed to clear their lines when Joao Cancelo's shot took an awkward deflection inside the box.

Argentine legend Lionel Messi is now second on the list with 389 goals for Barcelona in La Liga. The Italian champions, though, were allowed to fill the seats with local school children.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 18th minute but the reigning Serie A champions were pegged back in the second half.

Allegri responded by introducing Paulo Dybala for Blaise Matudi as a frantic finale beckoned with Genoa holding on for a surprising point.

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