SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 16 - 15 Dec 2013 (17.30 UK)
Juventus 4 - 0 Sassuolo
Tevez 15, 45, 69 (J), Peluso 28 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Carlos Tevez got Juventus back on track with a hat-trick as they crushed Sassuolo 4-0 for an eighth straight win.

The Bianconeri were smarting after their Champions League exit to Galatasaray and that defeat in Istanbul, played over two days due to snow, was the reason why this game was postponed to Sunday. Andrea Pirlo and Mirko Vucinic were sidelined with Claudio Marchisio suspended, so Kwadwo Asamoah moved to a central midfield role. Sassuolo had star forward Domenico Berardi banned, but Juve-owned Simone Zaza surprisingly went on the bench.

The minnows were unbeaten in their last four away ties, but Juventus were on a run of seven consecutive Serie A victories with clean sheets.

Alessandro Longhi had the surprise first chance of the game after three minutes, as he let a Gazzola cross bounce off his chest and smacked the volley just wide of the far post.

Another Gazzola assist saw Jasmin Kurtic nod off target, while Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal threatened from short free kicks.

Juventus finally broke through when Vidal skipped past Francesco Manganelli with a lovely turn and forced Gianluca Pegolo to parry at the near post, but Tevez was quickest to react on the follow-up. Asamoah was in an offside position, but not considered to be interfering with play.

Asamoah got between the centre-backs to trap a through ball from the right, but prodded wide under pressure.

Juve did double their advantage thanks to Federico Peluso’s diving header, as he got in front of Luca Antei to nod in a Tevez free kick from the right. It was his first Serie A goal in a Bianconeri jersey, though some sources credited it as an Antei own goal.

Vidal curled an audacious effort past the far top corner, but Asamoah turned a glancing header wide of an open goal from five yards.

Pegolo flew to palm a Tevez free kick out of the top corner, but performed an even more crucial reaction save before the break. Asamoah waltzed through the Sassuolo defence down the left, his roll across missed Tevez, but found Isla to force a stunning reaction save from Pegolo.

It was only a warning, as moments later Tevez pounced on a Lino Marzorati error, took the ball round the on-rushing Pegolo and deposited into an empty net.

Within 30 seconds of the restart – and with Antonio Conte still in the locker room – Tevez went inches away from netting a hat-trick.

Antonio Floro Flores blasted a free kick over the bar and substitute Simone Zaza hit a weak effort straight at Gigi Buffon.

Just as Sassuolo seemed to be getting into the game, Tevez netted his third. He started the move, passing to Vidal and getting into the middle to meet Isla’s ball across the six-yard box. This was the Argentine hitman’s first League hat-trick since April 2012.

Asamoah should’ve made it 5-0 when meeting a Fabio Quagliarella assist, but he seemed to lose sight of the ball when turning his marker. 

The hosts relaxed in the second half, but almost conceded on 86 minutes when Gaetano Masucci was allowed a free header just wide. Llorente slipped in the box when Simone Padoin's assist was placed behind him and Zaza's dipping strike was kept under control by Buffon.


Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal (Padoin 75), Pogba, Asamoah, Peluso (De Ceglie 56); Tevez (Quagliarella 70), Llorente
Sassuolo: Pegolo; Marzorati, Bianco, Antei; Gazzola, Marrone, Magnanelli (Chibsah 71), Kurtic (Zaza 51), Longhi; Missiroli, Floro Flores (Masucci 75)
Ref: Bergonzi