Dybala responds to being benched with a goal in Juventus win
By ANDREW DAMPF
Dec. 20, 2017
ROME (AP) — Paulo Dybala responded to being dropped for two matches by scoring for Juventus in a 2-0 win over Genoa in the Italian Cup on Wednesday.
The victory set up a Turin derby in the quarterfinals.
Earlier, goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic saved a penalty from substitute Edin Dzeko to help Torino beat Roma 2-1.
Dybala, who had been relegated to a reserve role in Serie A matches against Inter Milan and Bologna, took advantage of his return to the starting lineup.
Three minutes before the break, Dybala spun around after collecting a pass just outside the area and scored with a low shot.
It was Dybala's 15th goal for Juventus in all competitions this season — including 12 in Serie A and a brace in the Italian Super Cup loss to Lazio in August.
Seven of Dybala's 15 goals have come with shots from beyond the area.
Substitute Gonzalo Higuain scored in the 76th, taking advantage of minimal space to cut between two defenders and find the target with a low, angled shot.
Former Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi came on for Genoa in the final 13 minutes for his first action since signing with the club two weeks ago.
Rossi was lining up to attempt a penalty when the referee pointed to the spot after Pietro Pellegri appeared to have been fouled by Kwadwo Asamoah. But the referee changed his mind after consulting with the video assistant referee.
Juventus has won three straight Italian Cups and a record 12 overall.
The younger brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made a total of 10 saves as Roma dominated possession.
Roma left many usual starters on the bench ahead of a visit to Juventus in Serie A on Saturday.
Lorenzo De Silvestri and Simone Edera had scored to put Torino up 2-0 when Milinkovic-Savic leaped to his right to push Dzeko's spot kick wide in the 77th minute.
Roma striker Stephan El Shaarawy hit the crossbar with a long shot just after the half-hour mark and De Silvestri's opener came eight minutes later with a rebound following a header from Andrea Belotti.
El Shaarawy had a great chance to equalize early in the second half but was stopped from close-range with a reflex save from Milinkovic-Savic.
Edera then scored with a bouncing header from inside the box.
Roma striker Patrik Schick pulled one back five minutes from time with a quick control and low shot from inside the area. It was the Czech international's first goal for Roma since joining on loan from Sampdoria in August.
Schick also hit the post with a header and earned Roma's penalty.
Torino, which also beat Trapani and Carpi, has scored a joint-record 11 goals in Cup play this season.
Building on its club-record fourth-place finish in Serie A last season, Atalanta beat visiting Sassuolo 2-1 to set up a quarterfinal with Napoli.
Denmark forward Andreas Cornelius beat the offside trap for Atalanta's opener. Then Brazilian defender Rafael Toloi doubled the lead with a header before the break.
Atalanta also hit the woodwork twice in the first half.
After the break, Sassuolo pulled one back with an own goal from Toloi on a failed clearance.
Atalanta ended with 10 men when Jasmin Kurtic was shown a straight red card for a reaction foul.
Having qualified for continental competition for the first time in 26 years, Atalanta won its Europa League group ahead of Lyon and Everton without losing a game.
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