The first chance of the game came at the feet of the Bianconere with only three minutes on the clock. Eniola Aluko found herself with yards of space around her and struck a powerful right-footed effort that sailed just wide of the goals.
Most of the attacking was coming from Juventus and it was Cernoia, who forced the Sassuolo goalkeeper into making a save with her curling left-footed strike. But it was easily handled by Lemey. Cernoia then sent in a cross into the box for the onrushing Pedersen but it skipped over her feet and went straight into the hands of the Neroverdi shot stopper.
A great chance then fell to Aluko in the 25th minute, when Hyyrynen laid off a ball for Galli who was on the edge of the box. She then crossed it into the box for the striker, but she, unfortunately, directed the ball just wide of the post.
Juventus went into the break with a 0-1 lead when Eniola ran up the flank, burst into the box, rounded her marker and fired an excellent finish past Lemey in the 44th minute of play.