Maxime Lopez scored with the last kick of the game to hand Sassuolo a stunning 2-1 victory over Juventus on Wednesday evening.
The Bianconeri were quick out of the blocks but failed to create any clear cut chances in the opening exchanges. Domenico Berardi went close for the visitors against the run of play before Paulo Dybala struck the post with a fierce effort from outside the box.
Sassuolo grew into the first half as the minutes wore on, and they were the side who took the lead just before the break. Italy Under-21 international Davide Frattesi burst through the Juventus defence before firing past Mattia Perin superbly.
The hosts huffed and puffed after the break as Max Allegri rung the changes. After Dybala and Federico Chiesa went close in the same attacking sequence, Juventus soon levelled through a Weston McKennie header.
Then, it appeared Juve would seize the momentum and go on and win. But, they failed to create anything of any substance in the closing stages and they were picked off in transition right at the death as Lopez dinked his effort over Mattia Perin to give the Neroverdi a memorable triumph.
Here are the Juventus player ratings from a stunning defeat.
Goalkeepers & Defenders
Mattia Perin (GK) – 5/10 – Perin was beaten by Frattesi but saved brilliantly from a trademark Berardi effort earlier on. He was quiet in the second half before Lopez outwitted him one-v-one to give Sassuolo all three points.
Danilo (RB) – 7/10 – Juventus might’ve conceded one or two more if it wasn’t for the diligent Brazilian. Danilo denied Giacomo Raspadori with a brilliant block in the opening period before his smart back-post header prevented Berardi’s cross from threatening. A fine performance from the full-back.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 5/10 – The veteran produced several swashbuckling passes but was also culpable of way too many unforced errors in possession. Gianluca Scamacca also caused him one or two problems after he was introduced in the second half.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 5.5/10 – Frattesi burst beyond him for the opener but the Italian’s momentum made him incredibly tough to stop. Otherwise, De Ligt was pretty stout and he produced an emphatic standing tackle on Defrel in the first half.
Mattia De Sciglio (LB) – N/A – What a shame. On his return to the starting XI, De Sciglio’s evening lasted barely ten minutes as he hobbled off injured and was replaced by Alex Sandro.