Juventus needed a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty to scrape a point in their 2-2 thriller with Sassuolo, even with an 18-year-old debutant in goal.
The Bianconeri were seeking an eighth consecutive Serie A victory against Sassuolo, but missed Sami Khedira, Douglas Costa, Adrien Rabiot and Giorgio Chiellini. Midweek Champions League hero Paulo Dybala made way for Cristiano Ronaldo, with a rare Emre Can start in midfield. Sassuolo made the trip without Domenico Berardi, Gregoire Defrel, Gian Marco Ferrari and Vlad Chiriches. The biggest development was in goal, as Gianluca Pegolo was recovering from hand surgery, Andrea Consigli had muscular problems, so 18-year-old Stefano Turati was thrown in for his debut.
Emre Can should’ve scored within five minutes, but incredibly hit a fresh-air shot from six yards on Gonzalo Higuain’s pull-back from the by-line.
The German tried to make up for it with a snapshot from distance moments later, forcing the first save of Turati’s Serie A career, while Gigi Buffon parried a Kyrialopoulos free kick.
Gonzalo Higuain’s volley flashed just wide of both Ronaldo at the far post on a dinked Miralem Pjanic pass, then Jeremie Boga blasted just over the bar.
It was end-to-end stuff, but Juve took the lead when Leonardo Bonucci hit a sudden daisy-cutter from 20 metres out that drilled into the far bottom corner.
The situation lasted barely three minutes, as Boga sprung the offside trap on a delightful Caputo assist that nutmegged Alex Sandro, waited for Buffon to rush out and chipped him from a tight angle. It was a magnificent equaliser.
Manuel Locatelli drilled wide from distance and Traore’s free header sailed over the bar, as Sassuolo continued to cause problems. On the stroke of half-time, Turati bravely rushed off his line to clear with Pjanic and Ronaldo rushing towards him on the counter.
The second half started with a bang and a catalogue of Juventus errors to gift Sassuolo the lead. Juan Cuadrado’s back-pass to De Ligt was bad, the Dutchman’s prod straight to Caputo was worse and the striker’s shot from the edge of the box squirmed over Buffon for another error.
Juve fought back, as debutant Turati flew to fingertip a Ronaldo free kick out from under the bar, then Higuain only prodded straight at the goalkeeper from five yards.
Sarri had to hit the panic button, throwing on Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi for Bernardeschi and Emre Can. Rodrigo Bentancur needed a decisive block to stop Junior Hamed Traore going clear on goal, while Ronaldo had the ball in the net on the hour mark only after he’d been flagged offside.
The pressure was growing and Filippo Romagna mistimed his tackle on Dybala for a stonewall penalty. Ronaldo converted into the near bottom corner, sending Turati the wrong way for 2-2.
It was wide open, Dybala’s rising strike fingertipped over the bar from a tight angle by Turati, then Dybala, Pjanic and Locatelli free kicks off target.
Turati fumbled Aaron Ramsey’s effort, but just about managed to claw it back under control before the ball crossed the line. It was a siege in stoppages, but Ronaldo's header looped inches wide.
Sassuolo had lost all six previous Serie A visits to the Juventus Stadium, losing their last seven home and away against the Bianconeri in the league, but emerged with a more than deserved point.
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