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Juve-Sassuolo: Vlahovic & Perin saving the nearly unfortunate match




Juventus have won the Coppa Italia quarter-final fixture versus Sassuolo 2-1, with Dusan Vlahovic and Paulo Dybala finding the net crucially. Juve are now set to face Fiorentina in the semi-final, who beat Atalanta 2-3 away from home earlier today. 



After just two minutes of the first half, Paulo Dybala was the first player to get to a deflected shot of Weston McKennie and released a strike from a close distance to comfortably put Juventus ahead. However, for the rest of the half, Sassuolo controlled the game by possessing the ball most of the time, resulting in numerous attempts on target by the Sassuolo players. In the 24th minute, Hamed J. Traore received a pass, and before Leonardo Bonucci could do anything, the Sassuolo forward unleashed a shot towards the top right corner of the goal that was far too good for Mattia Perin to make a save. Too bad for the Italian goalkeeper who had exceptional first 45 minutes of the game, making multiple crucial saves.

Further, in the first half, Dusan Vlahovic, Weston McKennie and Alex Sandro all tried to launch the ball to the back of the net, but unfortunately, all unsuccessfully.

Relevant statistics from the first half of Juve-Sassuolo:



Ball possession: 44/54%

Shots taken: 6/10


Shots on target: 5/5

Fouls: 1/4



For what it is worth, the second half was almost utterly ridiculous. The last 30 minutes of the match offered nothing but a whole lot of chances for Juventus. McKennie was the first to hit the right post, with Matthijs de Ligt joining in on this unpleasant statistic later when trying to finish off a 100% goal situation again, unsuccessfully. He himself had more chances, as had Alvaro Morata, who subbed in for De Sciglio in the 61st minute and missed several other significant opportunities. What seemed as about to be an unlucky night for the Bianconeri ultimately turned fortunate enough thanks to Dusan, The Serbian Savior.

Relevant statistics from the whole game of Juve-Sassuolo:



Ball possession: 45/55%

Shots taken: 20/16

Shots on target: 10/6


Fouls: 6/9

Player ratings

Perin 8;


De Sciglio 7, De Ligt 7, Bonucci 7, Alex Sandro 7,

Zakaria 7, Arthur 6 McKennie 8.5

Dybala 8.5 Vlahovic 7.5 Cuadrado 6 


Substitutes: Morata 6.5 Locatelli 7  Rabiot 6.5 Kaio Jorge (-)