It has been a while, but fans of Juventus finally had reason to be cheerful Sunday afternoon, as the Bianconeri won for the first time since Jan. 6, handing new coach Alberto Zaccheroni a vital three points.
The win moves them up to fifth place, and should be a huge morale boost ahead of their Europa League clash with Ajax on Thursday night.
Gianluigi Buffon: 5.5
Hard to believe, but Superman was at fault on both Genoa goals. The first caught him flat-footed; the second he simply gave away.
Uncharacteristic might just be the understatement of the year, but if Juve can win in spite of these errors, things may just start going in the right direction.
Jonathan Zebina: 6
Quiet performance from a player much ridiculed in Turin, but one who seems more comfortable as part of the new three-man defence. Made a number of good clearances and no mistakes, which is definite progress for the Frenchman.
Nicola Legottaglie: 6
A couple of times in the first half he was caught out, but grew in stature as the match went on. Looks comfortable in his new sweeper role, and a much safer option than Cannavaro on current form.
Giorgio Chiellini: 6
Will be embarrassed at how Acquafresca beat him to set up the first goal, but made up for it with an assured display from then on.
Much like Buffon, his form today is excusable after carrying the defensive load on his own for so long.
Martin Caceres: 7
Solid and dependable, if occasionally reckless in defence, he is a huge asset when the Bianconeri press forward. The way he skipped two tackles to provide the cross for Amauri was wing-back play at its best.
The Juventus management need to make his transfer permanent as quickly as possible.
Momo Sissoko: 6.5
Hard working display, tough tackling, simple passing, making the opposition earn every inch in midfield. His presence in the centre of the pitch is crucial for the way Juventus are looking to play under Zaccheroni.
Melo could learn so much from watching this effort.
Antonio Candreva: 5
Probably the opposite of Sissoko's performance: Missed tackles, poor passing, and a number of wasted opportunities from distance. Offered very little at either end of the field, and it came as no surprise when he was substituted just after an hour.
Paolo De Ceglie: 4.5
A real disappointment today, he was unable to show his good attacking play as Genoa targeted him for constant pressure, forcing him to defend for most of the 90 minutes. A wasted chance following the omission of Grosso.
Another game, another step in the right direction for the trequartista. Contributed much to the attack, finding plenty of space between the lines today.
A sublime back-heel assist to Del Piero will see many replays over the next seven days. Starting to show the form required of a player that changed the club's formation on arrival.
A goal. A real life, definite, well taken, deserved, and drought-ending goal. The first for the much-maligned striker since October, although it certainly feels longer. It also improved the rest of his game afterwards.
Not enough to move the fans opinion, but you have to start somewhere.
Alessandro Del Piero: 8
One more chapter in the history of the club was written today, as Del Piero reached the milestone of 445 league games in Bianconeri colours. He marked it with two goals, the first a spectacular move, the second a well-taken, if undeserved, penalty. Player of the Day
Claudio Marchisio: 7
Much more assured alongside Sissoko than Candreva and gave the team the confidence to attack more freely after his introduction.
Hasan Salihamidzic: 6
Plenty of effort but little end result; shows Juve just how much they miss Camoranesi.
Sebastian Giovinco: NM
His appearance was more about wasting time than making a contribution.