Juventus somehow managed to scrape a victory on Monday night, with a late goal from Moise Kean creating the difference between the two teams.
Despite not playing the most delightful football against a well-organised Sassuolo side, the Old Lady were able to bag all three points, further strengthening their bid to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.
Linked with a summer move to Turin, Giacomo Raspadori opened the scoring for the home side, with the talented youngster dodging a few tackles and getting involved in a watchable bit of teamplay to find an acute position in front of the goal. A snapshot caught Wojciech Szczęsny by surprise, giving Sassuolo the deserving lead in the 38th-minute of the game.
Right on the brink of halftime, Paulo Dybala found the back of the nets, with a thumping left-footed strike giving Andrea Consigli little chance to have his hands on the ball. It was indeed a thunderous striker from the soon-to-be free agent. The first half ended in 1-1.
In the second half, both teams had feasible opportunities. But Moise Kean had the last laugh, with the former PSG striker racking up his fifth goal in Serie A this season. The win on Monday put Juve closer to the third-placed Napoli, with only one point setting apart the two sides.
Nevertheless, here are the player ratings from what was an intriguing affair.
Sassuolo: Consigli (5); Müldür (6), Chiricheș (5.5), Ayhan (5.5), Kyriakopoulos (5.5); Lopez (6.5), Frattesi (6.5); Traorè (5.5), Raspadori (7.5), Berardi (7); Scamacca (6.5)
Substitutes: Djuricic (N/A), Defrel (N/A), Henrique (N/A)
Juventus: Szczęsny (8); De Sciglio (6), Bonucci (6), Rugani (5.5), Alex Sandro (6); Zakaria (6), Danilo (6.5), Bernardeschi (5.5), Rabiot (6); Dybala (7), Morata (6.5)
Substitutes: Chiellini (6), Vlahovic (5.5), Kean (7), Miretti (N/A)