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Cuadrado secures late win for Juventus

Juan Cuadrado’s stoppage-time strike has earned Juventus a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina in Serie A as the Turin club ended a three-match winless league run.

The Colombian substitute beat goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano at his near post with a powerful effort in the dying minutes to clinch victory, despite a poor Juve performance on Saturday in which they failed to muster a shot on target until the 86th minute.

Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic’s dismissal in the 73rd minute injected some life into the home side as Federico Chiesa blasted a shot off the crossbar and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside before Cuadrado broke through at the death.

The result leaves eighth-placed Juventus on 18 points, level with Fiorentina above them.

At the bottom Spezia beat Torino 1-0 to move out of the relegation zone.

They replaced Genoa who earlier in the day brought to an end Davide Ballardini’s fourth spell as coach.

The 57-year-old was under pressure after winning one league game all season, and a 2-2 draw away to Empoli on Friday night proved to be the final straw.

“Genoa have relieved coach Davide Ballardini of his duties. The club thanks the coach and his staff for their work, dedication and passion,” read a club statement on Saturday.

Genoa are 18th, with nine points from 12 games, and are on a nine-match winless run.

It is the fourth time Ballardini has left the Rossoblu after a string of spells in charge over the last 10 years.

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