Juventus’ management of the game left a lot to be desired as they had a one-man advantage for the whole second half and they still conceded a cheap goal, but they overcome it with a late push to topple a very valiant Sassuolo.
Danilo (6 points): the defenders contributed more in the final third than in their own end in this one. The Brazilian international broke the deadlock with the most accurate potent cross-shot from down town, which died right behind the far post and whose trajectory was completely uncatchable, and also provided a late assist with a through ball. Gianluca Frabotta chipped in with a precious square ball to set up the pivotal 2-1 goal by Aaron Ramsey and was a valuable release valve. The rearguard was not challenged up much but still showed some holes as Gregoire Defrel, albeit bagging a lovely and highly technical goal, cut right through the two center-backs in that occasion.
Aaron Ramsey (4 points): the Welshman came off the bench earlier than anticipated as Weston McKennie was forced to bow out due to a muscular injury after a promising start and pretty much solved the game with a slide top tuck it hom, perfectly peeling off his defender to find some room and met the ball. Both he and Dejan Kulusevki were on fire in terms of playmaking, the Swedish starlet in particular teed up teammates in dangerous spots multiple times with brilliant feeds, atoning for a major miss in the stoppage time of the first half. Arthur was fine in the short-passing game but had some troubles when trying to do more. The midfield did not provide much filter after Rodrigo Bentancur was replaced at half-time and it was almost costly. Adrien Rabiot woke up in only in the final minutes in that regard.
Cristiano Ronaldo (4 points): it was shaping up to be one of his worst showings with the black-and-white jersey because, differently from the recent Milan clash where he was not a factor, he was back in the thick of it in this one, but way too wasteful for his standard. Instead, he salvaged his night with a late exclamation point to seal the deal once the Neroverdi’s back-line came unglued. He was the only striker to pick up points as Paulo Dybala suffered an early knee injury and Federico Chiesa was not able to contribute much as he soldiered through an ankle problem and was limited to some forays down the right flank, but he was visibly laboring when he tried to push it.
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