28/04/2014: Juventus’ first ever trip to Sassuolo will be remembered fondly for any number of reasons: the confident comeback from 1-0 down to run away 3-1 winners, the undisputed quality of each and every goal on the night and, not least, the three points that all but made sure of the Old Lady’s third consecutive Scudetto title.
After Simone Zaza’s ninth-minute opener for the hosts, Carlos Tevez drew Antonio Conte’s men level before the break with a piledriver from the edge of the area and the Bianconeri would be out of sight in the second half thanks to sublime strikes by Claudio Marchisio and Fernando Llorente, the latter netting the cheekiest of backheel flicks, which you can enjoy watching in the highlights below.
This victory, coupled with Roma’s defeat at Catania the following week, confirmed Juventus’ third Serie A crown in as many seasons – their 32nd in total.
Less than six months after their first success at Sassuolo, the Bianconeri were back at the Mapei Stadium, looking to continue their strong start to the 2014/15 season – Massimiliano Allegri’s first at the Juve helm.
Just as had happened in the previous outing, Zaza – who would sign for Juventus the following summer – opened the scoring with a neat finish on 13 minutes.
The visitors’ response, however, was rapid and resounding, Paul Pogba letting fly with his right foot from the edge of the box, the ball crashing into the far corner.
The rest of the encounter would ultimately be determined by Sassuolo stopper Andrea Consigli, who put in a sterling display between the sticks to keep out Stephan Lichtsteiner, Carlos Tevez and two more attempts from Pogba.
1-1 the final score, but not for the want of trying, as Juve’s 100% winning record that season eventually came to an end.
Each year, there’s always a match or two which tends to change the course of a club’s season and in 2015/16 that was, without doubt, Juve’s 1-0 loss to Sassuolo on 28 October 2015.
That defeat, decided by Nicola Sansone’s 20th minute free-kick, left the Bianconeri on just 12 points from 10 games, leading Gianluigi Buffon and Patrice Evra to rally the troops at full-time.
The response? Twenty-five wins and a draw in the next 26 matches. The rest, as they say, is Hi5tory!
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