Following Roma and Lazio dropping points to both Milanese clubs earlier this matchweek, Juventus took advantage as they managed to seal all three points in a 2-1 away victory over Sassuolo in order to keep their aspirations of a top-four finish alive.
Within the opening minutes of the game, Dionosi’s men dictated the game as they dominated the pitch with their fast-paced possessive style of play. Allegri’s side attempted to maintain their defensive shape, but the Nerroverdi were a major threat on the ball as they constantly stretched Juventus with their one-two combinations through the middle and towards the flanks.
Within the 10th minute of play,Hamed Traore found Giacomo Raspodori in between the lines and played a brilliant through ball into space. The young starlet burst with pace through the Juventus back-line and fired a low-driven strike, but his attempt went out-wide.
Shortly after, Domenico Berardi distributed a well-weighted corner kick into the box for Davide Fratessi. The Italian midfielder connected brilliantly with a header to steer the ball towards the second post, but his strike went narrowly over the bar.
After a difficult opening fifteen minutes, the Bianconeri won the ball within the central area of the pitch after a brilliant interception from Denis Zakaria. The Swiss international capitalized on the space and distributed a brilliant pass out-wide for Federico Bernardeschi. The Italian winger did brilliantly to beat his marker, but his attempt was well saved by Andrea Consigli.
Sassuolo continued knocking on Allegri’s side’s door as the attacking pair Berardi and Gianluca Scamacca fired venomous shots that were brilliantly saved by Wojciech Szczesny. However, it was only a matter of time that the Nerroverdi would break the ice.
In the 38th minute, Scamacca diced a pass into the box for Berardi, who laid the ball off to Raspadori with a mesmerizing back-heel flick. The Italian marksman pulled the trigger and scored a sublime strike with the laces past Szczesny and into the back of the net to hand Sassuolo the lead.
Despite the fact that Juventus were stunned by a Nerroverdi opener within this vital fixture, Allegri’s men remained composed and stuck to their tactics.
Towards the end of the half, Alvaro Morata won the ball high up the pitch after applying an immense amount of pressure. The Spanish international found Zakaria, who distributed an excellent pass to Paulo Dybala into the box. The Argentine weaved through the defence with his fine-tuned dribbling and scored a magnificent top-corner strike with the left foot to shift the tide of the fixture and supply the Old Lady with the equalizer going into the second half.
Within the second half, Allegri’s men came onto the pitch trails blazing as Mattia De Sciglio launched a brilliant cross into the box for Morata, whose header was spectacularly saved by Consigli.
Despite Sassuolo dominating possession with the Bianconeri’s zone throughout the second half with help of midfield maestros Maxi Lopez and Fratessi, the Nerroverdi lacked the killer instinct as Dionosi’s men were unable to break Juventus’ back-line in order to reclaim the lead.
Consequently, the Old Lady caught Sassuolo off guard in the 89th minute of play as Leonardo Bonucci dispensed a well-calculated through ball to Alex Sandro out-wide. The Brazilian full-back headed ball towards Moise Kean, who brought the ball down in brilliant fashion. The promising striker held the ball up and shook his marker off with a ferocious turn using the inside of the foot and buried the ball towards the second post within the dying minutes to secure all three points at the Reggio nell’Emilia.
With Juventus obtaining three vital points against the Nerroverdi, the Bianconeri sit in third place with a total of 66 points, only one point away from third-place Napoli. As it stands, Allegri’s men are set to face Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris. Meanwhile, Sassuolo head to the Diego Maradonna stadium to play Napoli in a vital fixture that can drastically affect the race for remaining two Champions League spots.