A 3-1 victory at the Mapei Stadium edged Juventus closer to a third successive Serie A title on Monday—but they were made to work for the three points.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s Sassuolo side were in good form going into the fixture, and gave the visitors a real scare in the first-half, taking a deserved early lead through Simone Zaza.
Goals from Carlos Tevez, Claudio Marchisio and Fernando Llorente then turned things around for Antonio Conte’s men, and the Bianconeri need just one more point to claim the league title.
Here we rate Juventus’ players at half-time and on the final whistle, as we look at how the champions in waiting tallied up in Reggio Emilia.
Gianluigi Buffon: Pulled off a great save near the end of the first-half from Zaza to keep his side level
Andrea Barzagli: Not a great 45-minutes for the centre-back. Found Zaza and Sansone a real handful
Angelo Ogbonna: Much like Barzagli, the Italian international struggled to contain Sassuolo's forwards
Giorgio Chiellini: Got better as the half wore on, but not his finest half
Mauricio Isla: Not much in the way of involvement from the Chilean
Claudio Marchisio: A lively half from Marchisio, who did well in the build up to Juve's equaliser
Andrea Pirlo: Played in fits and starts. Found lots of space early on but drifted in and out of the action
Paul Pogba: Did well with a shot from distance, but overall a disappointing half from the Frenchman
Kwadwo Asamoah: Saw a fair bit of the ball early on but did little with it
Fernando Llorente: A quiet half from the Spaniard, with little in the way of service
Carlos Tevez: A lively display and a deserved goal. Juve's best player in the first-half
Gianluigi Buffon: A quieter second-half for the veteran stopper, who kept his side in the game before the break
Andrea Barzagli: Enjoyed a calmer second period as the home side ran out of steam
Angelo Ogbonna: An evening to forget for Ogbonna, who was replaced by Leonardo Bonucci
Giorgio Chiellini: Comfortable in the end and grew stronger as the tie wore on
Mauricio Isla: Failed to sparkle on a difficult night and was substituted just after the hour mark
Claudio Marchisio: A genuine man-of-the-match contender and took his goal very well
Andrea Pirlo: Became more involved and provided a sublime assist for Marchisio
Paul Pogba: Another Juve star who grew in stature as the minutes rolled by
Kwadwo Asamoah: Not his best game in a Juventus shirt, but not his worst either
Fernando Llorente: Produced a delightful finish to make the points safe and worked hard for his goal
Carlos Tevez: A real handful all night, Tevez came up with a typically tenacious display and scored the all-important equaliser