Juventus 1-0 Sassuolo
Scorers: Pogba 83 (J)
Serie A – Week 26 [Monday, 9th March – 19:45 GMT] – Juventus Stadium
Paul Pogba’s late goal gave Juventus a 1-0 win over Sassuolo and an 11 point lead at the top of the Serie A table
The Bianconeri had a week to forget which included a 2-1 Coppa Italia semi-final defeat to Fiorentina, their first loss at the Juve Stadium in almost 2 years.
Gigi Buffon missed the game after suffering from a bout of flu while Andrea Pirlo, Martin Caceres, Kwadwo Asamoah and Romulo all sat out through injury.
Juve started the brighter, pushing forward despite Sassuolo’s early high pressing and Claudio Marchisio and Carlos Tevez both fired their efforts over the bar. Tevez tried from distance but Consigli was on hand to beat away his effort.
Leonardo Bonucci made a poorly timed back-pass leaving Carlos Tevez to take one for the team by denying Simone Zaza a chance on goal. Sansone stepped up to take the free-kick but his effort ended up in Marco Storari’s arms.
Juve were disappointing as the half drew to a close as Alvaro Morata shot across the face of goal leading the Juventus supporters to jeer at the half-time whistle.
The team looked more lively in the early portion of the second half and Paul Pogba has his effort tipped around the post by Consigli before Tevez’ half-volley went inches wide. Consigli performed a great save on Bonucci’s volley from distance while Fernando Llorente spun and shot straight at the Sassuolo keeper.
Juve looked to be running out of ideas before Pogba stepped up with seven minutes left on the clock. Simone Pepe surged forward and set up the Frenchman who blasted a half-colley from outside the box.
With the result sealed, Max Allegri gave Andrea Barzagli his season debut after 8 months out through injury.
Man of the Match: Patrice Evra
Flop of the Match: Roberto Pereyra
Pass Accuracy: 82%
Shots on Target: 4
Total Shots: 16
Ball Possession: 63%
Juventus: Storari; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba; Pereyra (Pepe 63); Tevez (Barzagli 87), Morata (Llorente 63)
Sassuolo: Consigli; Vrsaljko, Acerbi, Peluso, Longhi; Brighi (Chibsah 79), Magnanelli, Missiroli (Lazarevic 84); Berardi, Zaza, Sansone (Taider 72)Ref: Peruzzo