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Sassuolo v Juventus Live Commentary, 25/04/2022

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1 - 2
SAS
JUV
G. Raspadori (38)
P. Dybala (45)
M. Kean (88)
MAPEI Stadium - Città del Tricolore

Commentary

That's all from the Mapei Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Both with four league fixtures left before completing their campaigns, Sassuolo travel to Napoli next time out, while Juve host relegation-threatened Venezia on Sunday.
Though offering little in attack throughout the game, Juventus displayed all the resilience which has seen them lose only one of their last 19 Serie A matches to hold firm under intense pressure and then sneak off with the points at the end. Kean's clinical late goal denied Sassuolo a deserved point, as they racked up 22 attempts at goal and had nearly two-thirds of the ball; with their front four lively as ever. Nonetheless, Juve move to within a point of faltering Napoli, who occupy third in the table, while the Neroverdi stay 10th.
G. Kiriakopoulos
Red Card
Sassuolo
90' + 5' Red Card Giorgos Kiriakopoulos
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: SASSUOLO 1-2 JUVENTUS
90' + 3' Every Juventus player is back within 20 yards of the goal, as they seek to see out the final few seconds - can Allegri's men hang on?
90' + 1' In the first minute of four indicated for stoppages, Sassuolo are trying to build some momentum, as the game seems to be slipping away from them despite all their good play.
M. Kean
Yellow Card
Juventus
90' Having ripped his shirt off in joyous celebration with the travelling Juve fans, Kean is booked by the referee.
Alex Sandro
Assist
Juventus
88' Sandro picked out Kean in the area, but the Italian striker still had a lot to do before essentially creating the goal for himself.
M. Kean
Goal
Juventus
88' JUVE STEAL IT! Not for the first time, Juventus look to have snatched all three points, as Kean easily turns a rather rigid Chiriches just inside the area, before shooting powerfully under Consigli and into the back of the net from an angle on the left. It's 2-1 to the Bianconeri, and they are heading for victory!
Matheus Henrique
D. Frattesi
Sassuolo
88' After a lively showing, Frattesi is taken off and Henrique comes on in the Sassuolo midfield.
F. Miretti
F. Bernardeschi
Juventus
87' Allegri belatedly gives youth a chance - for at least a few seconds, anyway - as Bernardeschi makes way for Miretti.
86' Consigli is again equal to the task, as Rabiot's drive forces him into a relatively routine save, down low in the centre of his goal.
84' Scamacca cuts across the box on the left-hand side, causing some worry in the Juventus defence, but his deflected shot from the edge of the area loops up and into the grateful hands of Szczesny at his near post.
82' Muldur's deflected cross from the right is steered behind by Frattesi from near the penalty spot, with the midfielder's third headed effort at goal.
80' After Vlahovic fails to connect cleanly with a header, his effort is easily gathered by Consigli.
G. Defrel
D. Berardi
Sassuolo
79' Berardi is also withdrawn, and French forward Defrel will be his replacement.
F. Đuričić
H. Traorè
Sassuolo
79' Sassuolo opt for a double substitution: first, Traore is replaced by Djuricic.
77' Lying down on the turf, Berardi apparently has cramp or a minor muscular problem, and it looks like his race is run. Dionisi will have to make a change.
75' Juve are pursuing their fourth straight away win - which would be their first such streak since 2019 - while Sassuolo seek a fourth successive victory at home for the first time in their Serie A history. Locked together with 15 minutes remaining, who will prevail?
73' SAVE! Consigli is again alive to the danger, as he makes a reaction stop at his near post after Kean stoops to glance an effort at goal from a tight angle on the right.
71' Having bailed Juventus out of trouble more than once today, Szczesny has already made five saves - the first time he has made that many in a single Serie A match since facing Napoli in September.
69' Only a covering block by Danilo, who has often operated as an auxiliary defender today, denies Traore a clear shot at goal from close range, after the tricky winger makes his way unchallenged into the Juve area.
M. Kean
Álvaro Morata
Juventus
67' Juventus make a third change, as Kean replaces Morata up front.
66' JUST WIDE! After Scamacca has a shot blocked near the edge of the box, the ball breaks to Kyriakopoulos on the left angle of the area, who whips a curling shot only inches wide of Szczesny's left-hand post!
64' With Neroverdi jerseys retreating rapidly towards their own area, a driving run by Vlahovic ends in disappointment for the Serbian striker, as he slips when lining up a shot from the edge of the box.
M. De Sciglio
Yellow Card
Juventus
62' Conceding a free-kick 25 yards from goal, on the right, De Sciglio is booked for his late challenge.
60' CLOSE! With his back to goal, 20 yards out, Morata turns Chiriches and wraps his foot around a low curling drive, which narrowly zips past the left-hand post with Consigli surely beaten.
58' From the corner, Frattesi has his second header at goal saved by Szczesny in the centre of the six-yard box.
57' A driving run from Traore down the left ends in a dangerous low cross, which Chiellini is well placed to turn behind for another Sassuolo corner.
G. Chiellini
D. Rugani
Juventus
55' Allegri has seen enough! Two changes for Juventus, with the first seeing Dybala withdrawn for Chiellini.
Substitution
55' Rugani is the second Juve man to make way; Sassuolo's back four will not be pleased to see Vlahovic coming on in his place.
53' Having tried another short corner, Sassuolo ultimately see the chance to build more pressure evaporate, and Juve get the ball clear.
52' More Sassuolo pressure earns a corner out on the right flank, which Berardi will surely take.
G. Scamacca
Yellow Card
Sassuolo
50' For trying to turn the ball into the net with his arm, Scamacca is booked.
50' Closer this time ,Muldur thunders a low shot on target from the right side of the box, and Szczesny gets down to save. It rebounds out to Scamacca, who then handles the ball.
49' SAVE! Consigli reacts sharply to Morata's near-post header; keeping the ball out with a flailing fist, after De Sciglio won a corner which he took himself.
47' Proving their intent to get back in front, Sassuolo drive forward directly, and right-back Muldur flashes a wayward shot well wide of the left post from out on the right.
46' We are back under way at the Mapei Stadium!
Following their late lapse just before the break, Sassuolo have now conceded 15 goals in the last 15 minutes of first halves this season - more than any other side in Serie A.
As has been typical of Juventus this season, they have played conservatively and soaked up pressure, allowing Sassuolo to dictate the tempo of the game, before then striking late on to regain parity. The hosts have been by far the better team - playing with cohesion, determination and some flair - but were yet again punished for switching off in defence; allowing Dybala to punish them in the most ruthless manner. Still, the Neroverdi's front four have been a delight to watch, and will surely pose further problems for their visitors' makeshift defence.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: SASSUOLO 1-1 JUVENTUS
M. Lopez
Yellow Card
Sassuolo
45' + 1' For his vocal protestations to the referee, following the award of Dybala's goal, Lopez is the first player booked today.
45' + 1' A brief check confirms the goal is valid, and Juventus are back on level terms!
45' + 1' The VAR has intervened, and will analyse Dybala's goal for a potential foul in the build-up. Will it stand?
D. Zakaria
Assist
Juventus
45' Zakaria played in Dybala from outside the area, for the Juve skipper to have a crack at goal.
P. Dybala
Goal
Juventus
45' JUVE EQUALISE! A rocket from Dybala gets the Bianconeri back on track, having been drifting out of the game, as the Juventus captain thunders a left-footed strike into the roof of the net from just outside the box! It's now 1-1!
42' Raspadori becomes the third Sassuolo player to reach double figures this term, and has scored his 10th goal in Serie A this season - the fourth time he's netted an opener.
40' Sassuolo have won each of their last three Serie A home games and have never before collected four consecutive wins at the Mapei Stadium in the top flight - that could be about to change today.
D. Berardi
Assist
Sassuolo
38' Always ready with an assist, Berardi opens up a packed penalty area with a clever backheel to pick out Raspadori near the byline.
G. Raspadori
Goal
Sassuolo
38' SASSUOLO LEAD! Deservedly, the hosts go in front, as a typically inventive flick by Berardi unlocks the Juventus back four, and Raspadori gambles on a run into the box; receiving the ball in his stride and driving in at the far post from a tight angle! A delightful move from two stars of the Neroverdi's much-admired attacking quartet: Sassuolo 1-0 Juventus!
37' Each one of the yellow and blue Juve jerseys are encamped within their defensive third, and they seem clueless as to how they might wrest control away from an impressive home side.
36' After a more deliberate build-up this time, Sassuolo have another shy at goal, but Frattesi's tame effort is steered straight at Szczesny, who has been very busy during this first half.
33' SHARP STOP! Left totally exposed, as Sassuolo swarm forward on the break, Szczesny flings himself to his right to keep out a well-struck shot by Scamacca from the right side of the area. The big striker really should have scored, but it was still a superb save!
31' An optimistic attempt from just outside the box, on the right, sees Frattesi fire well wide of the left-hand post.
30' After failing to take his chance a moment ago, Dybala now attempts to catch out Consigli with a long-range effort, but the Sassuolo goalkeeper is relatively untroubled.
28' Bernardeschi surges to the byline, then cuts the ball back sharply for Dybala, who mishits his shot from inside the area. It strikes the covering Frattesi and runs away to safety.
26' Driving straight at Danilo, who is shielding the Juventus back four, Berardi works half a yard to shoot, but plants his powerful shot straight at Szczesny in the centre of the goal.
24' Requiring some medical attention, in the form of some 'magic spray', Bernardeschi is briefly down injured, but makes his way back into the fray soon after.
23' With 62 per cent of the possession so far - and six shots on goal to Juve's two - Sassuolo have definitely started brightest as they seek back-to-back Serie A wins over the Turin giants.
21' Taking a crossfield ball from Berardi into his stride, Traore jinks towards the right byline and earns a corner off Bonucci. His subsequent cross from the set-piece sails straight into Szczesny's waiting gloves, though.
19' After a couple of blocked attempts from his team-mates, Scamacca almost carves out a goalscoring opportunity, but Juventus survive once again.
17' JUST OVER! Another Berardi corner, this time taken directly, finds Frattesi in the middle of the area, but his flicked header zips narrowly over the crossbar! The Neroverdi are in charge here.
16' As Sassuolo start to increase the pressure on the Juve defence, the hosts' first corner is played short between Berardi and Raspadori, and the change of direction works - with the former's cross from a tight angle causing difficulties for the visitors.
14' Danilo does well to track Berardi, who drifts in from the right flank dangerously to strike at goal. The Brazilian then blocks his low shot inside the area, and Juventus eventually get the ball away.
12' Kyriakopoulos is caught offside on the left touchline, near the Juventus area, after Traore times a throughball too early.
10' CLOSE! Shrugging off a weak challenge by De Sciglio on the edge of the area, Raspadori cuts inside and unleashes a powerful strike which flies just wide of the far post; leaving Szczesny well beaten. Good effort!
8' After a long build-up, with the referee being particularly pernickety about players' positioning, Morata drives an anti-climactic shot over the bar from the free-kick.
7' Chiriches clatters Morata around 20 yards out from the Sassuolo goal, and Juve have a free-kick in dangerous territory.
5' A De Sciglio cross from high up on the right flank is blocked behind for the game's first corner. However, Bernardeschi's cross from the set-piece lacks precision and is cleared away.
3' The hosts are taking good care of possession in the first few minutes, with Juventus happy to sit back and watch the Neroverdi shirts stroke the ball about in front of them.
1' In the opening throes, Sandro comes together with Berardi in a forceful collision, leaving the latter on his back. Sassuolo's skipper is fine to continue, though.
1' Juve captain Dybala gets us under way!
The players are out on the pitch at the Mapei Stadium, with kick-off now just moments away!
With an ever-lengthening list of absentees, Allegri does not fill the Juventus bench today, as Juan Cuadrado joins Arthur Melo, Weston McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Kaio Jorge and Federico Chiesa on the sidelines. Due to illness, De Ligt is only fit for the bench, so Rugani teams up with Bonucci at the heart of the visitors' back four. Meanwhile, up front, Vlahovic is rested as Dybala partners Morata.
Sassuolo captain Berardi is back in the squad this week, and starts in his familiar station on the hosts' right flank; joining Traore and Raspadori in support of centre-forward Scamacca. The absent Toljan is replaced by Muldur at right-back, while Defrel and Ferrari also make way - Ayaan being preferred to the latter in central defence.
SUBS: Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Moise Kean, Fabio Miretti, Luca Pellegrini, Dusan Vlahovic, Emanuele Zuelli, Matthijs de Ligt.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Federico Bernardeschi, Danilo, Denis Zakaria, Adrien Rabiot; Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata.
SUBS: Gianluca Pegolo, Riccardo Ciervo, Gregoire Defrel, Gian Marco Ferrari, Emil Ceide, Francesco Magnanelli, Rogerio, Federico Peluso, Giacomo Satalino, Ruan Tressoldi, Matheus Henrique, Filip Djuricic.
SASSUOLO (4-2-3-1): Andrea Consigli, Mert Muldur, Kaan Ayhan, Vlad Chiriches, Giorgios Kiriakopoulos; Davide Frattesi, Maxime Lopez; Domenico Berard, Giacomo Raspadori, Hamed Traore; Gianluca Scamacca.
Ahead of today's game, Juventus have lost only one before at Sassuolo's Mapei Stadium, and not for nearly seven years. Though beaten by the Neroverdi during a sticky spell in the autumn, Juve brushed past them on the way to the Coppa Italia final, to which they progressed last week after getting the better of semi-final opponents Fiorentina. However, a subsequent 1-1 league draw with Bologna leaves Max Allegri's men fourth in the Serie A standings, and effectively out of the Scudetto race - they languish 11 points adrift of leaders Milan.
Despite losing to lowly Cagliari last time out, Sassuolo remain ensconced in mid-table and only have a top-half finish to fight for before their first campaign under coach Alessio Dionisi concludes next month. If they can cause another upset today and complete a league double over Juventus - who they beat 2-1 in Turin last October - the Neroverdi would join ninth-placed Hellas Verona on 49 points. However, the Emilian club's hopes are undermined by a seven-match streak without a clean sheet in Serie A since an impressive 2-0 win over Inter - one of just three shut-outs they have posted all season long.
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