MX23RW : Thursday, September 20 11:14:55
Apr 28, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Alberto Braglia
SassuoloSassuolo
1-3
Juventus
Zaza (9')
Zaza (66')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Tevez (35'), Marchisio (58'), Llorente (76')
Ogbonna (65')

Result: Juventus close in on Serie A title with win over Sassuolo

Juventus come from a goal down to ease to a 3-1 win over struggling Sassuolo, edging them ever closer to another Serie A title.

Juventus have moved to within 90 minutes of winning the Serie A title courtesy of a 3-1 win over struggling Sassuolo this evening.

The relegation-threatened hosts almost broke the deadlock after just two minutes when Nicola Sansone fired an effort narrowly past the post.

They did take a shock lead just seven minutes later when Sansone slipped a pass through to Simone Zaza, who drilled his shot past Gianluigi Buffon at the near post, although the veteran keeper should have done better.

Sassuolo's forward Simone Zaza celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian seria A football match Sassuolo vs Juventus, on April 28, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors went in search of an equaliser and almost got it midway through the half as Carlos Tevez squandered a fine opportunity by firing just wide from inside the area.

Claudio Marchisio also threatened before Juve got their goal, with Tevez picking the ball up on the edge of the area and smashing a shot into the corner.

Zaza almost doubled his personal tally to restore Sassuolo's lead shortly before half time, but he couldn't finish with only Buffon to beat.

Juventus completed the turnaround just before the hour mark as Andrea Pirlo dinked a pass over the defence for Marchisio to latch on to, and the midfielder steered his volley past the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Juventus' Argentinian forward Carlos Alberto Tevez celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between Sassuolo and Juventus, on April 28, 2014© Getty Images

Marchisio came close again 10 minutes later as he let fly from just outside the area, but this time Gianluca Pegolo got down well to make the stop.

The visitors came within inches of adding a third in the 73rd minute when Tevez produced a snapshot from inside the area, but his effort crashed against the crossbar.

They wouldn't have to wait much longer to extend their lead, however, as Fernando Llorente produced a delightful piece of skill to flick Stephan Lichtsteiner's low cross home from close range.

That was how it stayed for the remainder of the match as Juventus moved eight points clear of Roma with just three games to play.

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Juventus' Argentinian forward Carlos Alberto Tevez celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between Sassuolo and Juventus, on April 28, 2014
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1Juventus440094512
2SPALSPAL43014139
3Napoli43016609
4Sampdoria42119277
5Fiorentina42118357
6SassuoloSassuolo42119727
7Genoa32016606
8Lazio420234-16
9Roma41217705
10Udinese41214405
11Torino41214405
12CagliariCagliari412145-15
13Parma411245-14
14Atalanta BCAtalanta41127614
15AC Milan31115504
16Empoli41123304
17Inter Milan41125414
18Bologna401305-51
19FrosinoneFrosinone4013010-101
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo4022511-6-1

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