Lopez’s late goal scares Juventus out of Sassuolo

Lopez’s late goal scares Juventus out of Sassuolo

JUVENTUS lost to Sassuolo due to a late conceded goal and suffered a 1-2 loss to the visitors in the tenth Serie A game at Allianz Stadium on Thursday (10/28) early in the morning WIB.

Juventus, who trailed at halftime until Davide Frattesi’s goal, looked likely to share the points after equalizing by Weston McKennie.

However, Massimiliano Allegri’s side were caught off guard in extra time and conceded Maxime Lopez’s goal and therefore had to admit the visitors’ advantage.

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The result left Juventus, who failed to add 15 points, in seventh place in the table, just one point ahead of Sassuolo who rose to ninth place with 14 points.

Juventus actually played more dominant from the start and almost
opened the scoring when Mattia de Sciglio’s cross was too neat and into goal, but goalkeeper Andrea Consigli was smart enough to keep the ball over the bar.

Then, in the 38th minute, Paulo Dybala managed to beat Consigli when he completed Manuel Locatelli’s pass, but his shot ended up hitting the post.

Juventus pressed again and in the 41st minute Federico Chiesa managed to escape the offside trap but his shot was too high over the bar.

The failure came at a price as, three minutes later, the Juventus back line failed to anticipate Gregorie Defrel’s through pass which was greeted calmly. Frattesi inserted the ball into the home net to open Sassuolo’s lead.

The hosts entered the second half with ambitions to equalize and came close to securing it in the 57th minute if Juan Cuadrado’s shot hadn’t been knocked back by Kaan Ayhan before crossing the goal line.

After many missed opportunities, Juventus’ goal finally came in the 76th minute when McKennie was able to leap higher between Sassuolo’s defenders to meet Dybala’s superb cross to bring the score to 1-1.

However, Juventus did not use the momentum of the recovery to turn things around and seemed to be content to share a point, before suddenly it was Sassuolo who took all three points thanks to Lopez’s goal in the fourth minute of added time.

Starting off neglecting Juventus’ backline, Lopez burst into the penalty area on his own before beating goalkeeper Mattia Perin with a lob that tucked into the home goal, sealing a spectacular 2-1 victory for Sassuolo.

Sassuolo will certainly bring the win as an injection of confidence when they host Empoli at Mapei Stadium on Sunday (10/31), a day after Juve tried to bounce back from Marc’Antonio Bentegodi’s adversity against Verona. (Ant / OL-1)


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