Genoa 1-0 Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon loses 500th game

Gianluigi Buffon has kept more clean sheets than anyone in Serie A but was denied one more in injury time
Buffon (left) has kept more clean sheets than anyone in Serie A but was denied one more in injury time

A 94th-minute Genoa goal inflicted a first league defeat of the season for Juventus and ruined a landmark night for goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon, 36, made his 500th appearance for the Italian champions and wore a special captain's armband.

But his side wasted chances and twice hit the woodwork before home substitute Luca Antonini nudged home a winner to move his side ninth in Serie A.

Juve now sit joint-top with Roma, who beat Cesena 2-0 in the Italian capital.

The defeat took the shine off a night that had been hyped around Buffon's landmark.

"Next match in black and white will be my 500th. To celebrate I'll wear this special captain's armband," he tweeted in the build-up to the game.

Gianluigi Buffon took to Twitter to show off his special captain's armband
Buffon is the most capped player in Italy's history, with 145 appearances for his country

Buffon - the record-holder for clean sheets in Serie A - has won seven league titles with Juventus since joining for about £32m in 2001 - a fee which remains the most expensive ever paid for a goalkeeper.

He is also Italy's record caps holder but his experience counted for little when Antonini - an 81st-minute substitute - connected with ex-Juve striker Alessandro Matri's cross.

Moments earlier, Juventus striker Alvaro Morata had seen a goal-bound effort brilliantly saved by Genoa's Matia Perin.

Massimiliano Allegri's side - beaten in the league for just the second time in 2014 - had hit the post through Fernando Llorente in the first half and defender Angelo Ogbonna midway through the second.

Luca Antonini secures victory for Genoa against Juventus in Gianluigi Buffon's 500th league game
Buffon could only watch on helplessly as Genoa secured an injury-time victory on Wednesday
Genoa celebrate
Genoa have improved on a poor start to go four matches unbeaten

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