There has never been a competitive fixture between Juventus and newly-promoted Sassuolo, so Sunday’s clash at Juventus Stadium will be a real first.
The two sides have neither competed in the same league nor been pitted against each other in the Coppa Italia. The only previous encounter is July’s 45-minute friendly outing in the TIM Trophy.
Sassuolo, making their debut in the competition in place of traditional participants Inter, had chances to go ahead through Simone Zaza and Jasmin Kurtic amongst others, but in the end the Bianconeri triumphed on penalties thanks to Rubinho’s heroics in goal.
Sunday will not be the first time Juve have contested a completely “new” fixture in recent years. The series begins with Juventus 1-1 Reggina in 1999 (the Calabria-based side’s first ever Serie A outing), after which there was the memorable 3-2 win for the Bianconeri against Chievo in 2001/02, a 4-2 triumph over Siena at the Delle Alpi in 2003/04 and finally a 3-1 victory against Treviso in 2005/06.