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Juventus held to 2-2 draw at Genoa

JUVENTUS' perfect start to the Serie A was snapped by a 2-2 draw at Genoa, although the Turin power remained in first place yesterday.

Juventus needed an 86th-minute equalizer from David Trezeguet after Hernan Crespo gave Genoa the lead 11 minutes earlier.

Vincenzo Iaquinta put Juventus in front six minutes in and Giandomenico Mesto leveled for Genoa in the 31st.

"I think a draw was the fairest result. It was a great game from both sides," Trezeguet said. "It's never easy in Genoa."

Juventus moved into a tie with Inter Milan atop the standings with 13 points each, one ahead of Sampdoria.

Genoa is tied with Fiorentina and Parma with 10 points apiece.

Inter, the four-time defending Italian champion, beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday for its fourth consecutive win.

Juventus took control early when Mauro Camoranesi faked and let a cross from Claudio Marchisio go between his legs, setting up Iaquinta to find the target with a long, low shot.

Mesto replied by jumping over Fabio Grosso to redirect a cross from Giuseppe Sculli with a header.

Crespo replaced Sergio Floccari at halftime and redirected a cross from Mesto inside the near post with a textbook header, bringing his Serie A tally to 140 goals.

Not to be outdone, Trezeguet notched his 118th with a header, four minutes after replacing Amauri.

Already hard hit with injuries to captain Alessandro Del Piero, Fabio Cannavaro and Diego, Juventus was dealt another blow when midfielder Felipe Melo appeared to re-aggravate an ankle injury in the first half and Claudio Marchisio exited with an apparent calf problem.


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