A second-half equaliser by Marco Borriello earned struggling Genoa a 1-1 draw at Serie A leaders Juventus on Saturday, denting the champions’ hopes of a second successive title.
Former Juve forward Borriello struck in the 68th minute to leave Antonio Conte’s side on 49 points at the top, six clear of Napoli and Lazio who earlier suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by Chievo Verona.
Genoa, playing for the first time under new manager Davide Ballardini, moved up to 18 points but remained third bottom as Chievo climbed to 11th place on 28.
The Juve match was marred by controversy over two penalties not given to the champions in the second half and Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic went unpunished for what appeared to be a handball in the area.
Fabio Quagliarella was on hand to put Juve ahead from Stephan Lichtsteiner’s low cross on 54 minutes after the Swiss was expertly found by Vucinic.
Genoa struck 14 minutes later on a rare foray forward, Juraj Kucka’s great work on the right ending with a superb cross from which Borriello gleefully headed home his sixth goal of the season.
Alberto Paloschi’s seventh goal of the season 61 minutes into an uneventful match for Chievo with second-placed Lazio inflicted Vladimir Petkovic’s side’s first loss since early November.Reuters