Dybala responds for Juve

December 21, 2017


ROME, Italy (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 yesterday.

The victory set up a Turin derby in the quarter-finals.

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 line-up.

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.

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 while Roma striker Patrik Schick pulled one back five minutes from time with a quick control and low shot from inside the area.

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