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December 15, 2013
• 12:30 PM
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 36862
C. Tévez 15', 45', 68'
F. Peluso 28'
I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope you've enjoyed joining me for live coverage of Juventus' comfortable 4-0 home victory over Sassuolo. I hope to see you all again next time.
Well, that's all we have time for from Juventus Stadium, where any doubters have certainly been proved wrong if they thought that the home side might still be suffering after their Champions League elimination. Sassuolo had no chance this evening, as reflected by the scoreline.
A confident and dominant performance from the hosts, who never really looked in any doubt of winning, with Buffon having very little to do. Efficient and energetic, pressing and chasing lost causes, Sassuolo found it very difficult to build too many cohesive attacks.
FULL TIME! Juventus have won comprehensively in Turin here tonight, putting four goals past Sassuolo with no reply from the visitors. A Carlos Tevez hat-trick is the headline, with a Peluso header completing the goalscorers.
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QUAGLIARELLA! The substitute loses his footing in the area as he looks to shoot from a tight angle, and that should be that.
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Two minutes of stoppage time have been awarded, with Juventus seeing plenty of the ball let on. Quagliarella is fed through on goal, but Pegolo is quick off his line to collect the loose ball.
There shouldn't be too much added time here this evening, and presumably the referee will be keen to spare Sassuolo's blushes by ending the game as quickly as possible. Juventus keep possession comfortably to run down the clock.
LLORENTE! What a chance! Padoin breaks down the right, before picking out his Spanish teammate at the back post, but the former Bilbao man slips over whilst trying to control it! Sassuolo break, and Zaza manages to force Buffon into a reasonably comfortable save.
Zaza is fed the ball on the edge of the box, but Chiellini doesn't allow the Sassuolo man to turn, stealing the ball off his feet. The away side pick up the pieces, before Marrone delivers a ball into the box, which can only be nodded wide of the post.
Gazzola does his best to get to the byline, after linking up with Chibsah, but the wing-back can only stab a weak ball into the path of Chiellini. Nobody was in the box for the away side there, showing perhaps that Di Francesco's side are flagging a little.
We're inside the last ten minutes of action in Turin, and Conte's men are being professional and efficient until the very end. Buffon and Chiellini argue with each other over a momentary lapse of communication, demonstrating the high standards both still have, despite the current score.
GAZZOLA! The wing-back finds himself bearing down on the back post, after an excellent cross-field ball from deep. De Ceglie manages to get to the cross narrowly before his adversary, giving away a corner in the process. Thankfully for him, nothing comes of it.
QUAGLIARELLA! The substitute isn't afraid to try his luck once again, pulling the trigger despite only seeing a flash of the goal. It is deflected wide, goes out for a corner, but Marrone heads away the eventual delivery.
Under a quarter of an hour left to play, and Juventus are most certainly taking the three points from this match. Sassuolo are resigned to their fate, and probably would quite happily leave for the dressing rooms right now. Di Francesco opts to throw on a couple of youngsters and give them some experience against quality opposition.
Antonio Floro Flores
QUAGLIARELLA! The substitute tries his luck from just inside the box, hooking his effort smartly over Marzorati, but it dips over Pegolo's bar at the back post. Audacious attempt.
ASAMOAH! A lovely move from Juventus carves Sassuolo apart, with Quagliarella sending Isla on his way down the right flank. He squares the ball to the penalty spot, finding Asamoah, who turns well before having the ball cleared off his boot as he looks to fire home beyond Pegolo!
Well claimed by Pegolo! A brilliant front post corner delivery narrowly escapes the head of Llorente, who was bearing down on goal threateningly. The Spaniard seems desperate to get on the scoresheet tonight, there are definitely holes in this Sassuolo defence.
Well, Juventus are certainly cruising to victory now. If any doubters thought that Conte's men might struggle after their Champions League woes, the squad looks raring to head into the Europa League and continues maintaining the pace at the top of Serie A.
GOOOOOAL! HAT-TRICK FOR TEVEZ! Vidal releases Isla on the right flank, before the Chilean drives into the box and cuts the ball back from the byline. Tevez is at the front post lurking, and bundles a close-range finish under Pegolo!
Less than half an hour left to play, and Sassuolo are showing no signs of a miracle comeback. Zaza has been promising since being introduced, but the Old Lady are certainly in firm control. Vidal and Asamoah are getting forward whenever possible, leaving Pogba a little vulnerable in the centre of the park.
VIDAL! The same man tries his luck from range yet again, but this time it's in no danger of hitting the target. Pegolo is merely a spectator, as the ball travels harmlessly out of play for a goal-kick.
VIDAL! The Chilean exchanges possession with Llorente within close quarters on the edge of the 18-yard box, before cannoning a half volley straight into Bianco. The Juventus midfielder just seemed to run out of ideas.
Floro Flores is brought down on the edge of the Old Lady's penalty area, and it's certainly within shooting distance for the away side. He dusts himself off to take the dead ball himself, but he arrows an awful effort way over Buffon's crossbar.
ZAZA! First sight of goal for the man co-owned by Juventus, as Floro Flores crosses from the left hand side in search of the substitute. He can only roll a tame effort into the gloves of Buffon.
Sassuolo are chasing shadows, as Juventus start to move the ball well. When the hosts lose possession in midfield, however, there is a rather sizeable gap in between defence and midfield for the likes of Zaza to exploits. The away side look capable of quick counter-attack.
Paolo De Ceglie
Conte opts to keep things fresh down the left hand side, by withdrawing Peluso, allowing for De Ceglie to have a run-out. Given that Sassuolo have only really threatened down their right hand side, keeping defensive energy levels high on that touchline is intelligent.
Juventus have taken their foot off the gas a little bit, and are happy to pass the ball around and slow the tempo of the game. Cross-field balls are always a possibility, given the width offering by the wing-backs, but Conte won't want his side to drop off too much and encourage Sassuolo.
Poor ball by Floro Flores! The striker turned smartly before playing a heavy ball in behind Chiellini with the outside of his right boot, which Missiroli couldn't quite keep in play. That would have been a great move, had that pass managed to stay in play.
Good tackle by Marrone! The central midfielder slides in well to deny Asamoah, after the Ghanian exchanges a smart one-two with Vidal and looks to drive into the penalty area.
Chiellini is forced to hook a dangerous cross away with Missiroli lurking behind him, after a powerful Longhi pass is miscontrolled by Floro Flores and springs off his boot and into the Juve penalty box.
MAGNANELLI! The midfielder drives into a pocket of space on the edge of the Juve penalty area, before side-stepping a challenge and letting fly! He sees his effort blocked. Progress for Sassuolo, at least.
VIDAL! The Chile international sees a long-range strike blocked, after the free-kick which he won was half-cleared to the edge of the box. It's all Juventus in the opening minutes of the second half.
Juventus have made a commanding start to the second half, keeping the ball well and beating players with ease. A beautiful Cruyff turn from Pogba started off proceedings stylishly, before Vidal was brought down for a free-kick.
TEVEZ! With their first passage of play in the second half, Tevez fires into the side netting after having a loose ball set back to him! Pegolo was beaten, but so was the post!
We are back underway in the second half! The question seems to have shifted from whether Juventus can win this game, more towards how many goals Conte's men can score. Sassuolo will be aiming for damage limitation in the second period of 45 minutes, one would presume.
Conte will want more of the same from his side in the second half, while Di Francesco might be tempted to throw on a couple of midfield options to freshen things up. The visitors have only threatened down the right flank, and have struggled to deal with the likes of Tevez and Asamoah driving into the heart of their midfield and defence.
The home side have been energetic, willing to chase lost causes and press, forcing Sassuolo into more erratic clearances than they would have liked. Isla and Peluso have offered good width, while Asamoah has been an effective runner from the centre of midfield. The visitors look resigned to defeat.
HALF TIME! Juventus are in total control at the break, thanks to a brace from Carlos Tevez and a bullet header from Federico Peluso. Sassuolo have only sparingly been any kind of threat, and Antonio Conte's side aren't suffering from a European hangover whatsoever.
GOOOOOOAL! TEVEZ ROUNDS PEGOLO TO MAKE IT THREE! A terrible backpass gifts the Argentine the opportunity to go through one-on-one with Pegolo, and the former Man City striker rounds the goalkeeper before passing the ball into an empty net.
ISLA! The Chilean is denied by an excellent stop on the line, after fantastic work from Asamoah to unlock the Sassuolo defence and square to the back post! The Ghanian could have been selfish and went alone, but he instead tried to feed in his unmarked teammate. This could easily be an embarrassingly scoreline for the away side.
Only a few minutes until the half time break, and Juventus aren't showing any signs of letting up the pressure. They've been in near total control, with Buffon having nothing to do apart from a solitary punch. After an open start, the Serie A leaders have shown why they're top of the pile.
Tevez has gone down after being seemingly bodychecked, and the home crowd are not happy whatsoever. He looked to be caught by the elbow of Missiroli, but I'm unsure as to whether it was intentional from the Sassuolo man.
TEVEZ! GREAT SAVE! Pegolo denies the Argentine, after a great free-kick effort! He managed to get it up and over the wall, before the Italy goalkeeper pushed the ball out of the top corner! Good stop.
Pogba is brought down on the edge of the penalty area, after chopping back inside and having his leg taken from underneath him by Magnanelli. The Sassuolo man can only laugh, he clearly doesn't think he's done anything wrong, but Juventus have yet another free-kick within shooting distance.
ASAMOAH! What a miss by the midfielder, he just couldn't get enough on the header to turn it home at the back post! He threw himself at the delivery, and was unmarked with Pegolo out of position, but just couldn't find Juventus' third goal of the first half!
LLORENTE! Isla whips in a delicious ball from the byline, but the towering Spaniard has the ball diverted away from his awaiting forehead! Vidal picks up the pieces on the edge of the box, but can only curl an effort wide of the far post.
Antei attacks a near post corner delivery for Sassuolo, but Barzagli is able to hack the loose ball out of the box. Tevez looks to break after controlling the clearance, before he is brought down unceremoniously by the recovering Kurtic.
MISSIROLI! The Sassuolo forward is unable to pull the trigger in the middle of the Juventus area, as he is mobbing by black and white shirts. He fizzes the ball across the area towards the back post, but Kurtic can't get there.
Good punch by Buffon! The away side pick up a free-kick in a dangerous area, and thus load the box with shirts, but the veteran is able to beat the delivery away from the danger zone.
Two goals for Juventus inside the opening half an hour, and the stadium is already rather content. Their exploits in Turkey seem a long way away now, and the hosts can concentrate on being optimistic about their Serie A title chances.
GOOOOOAL! PELUSO HEADS HOME FROM A FREE-KICK TO MAKE IT 2-0! The Italian wing-back thumps a close range header into the top corner, leaving Pegolo with absolutely no chance whatsoever. He's claiming it, but there's a slim possibility of that being an own goal.
Little triangles between Marrone, Missiroli and Gazzola continue to see Sassuolo able to break down their right hand side at will, with Peluso perhaps requiring a little bit more help. In general terms, however, the hosts remain well in charge.
ASAMOAH! The Ghanian midfielder races through on goal, but Marzorati does just enough to put himself inbetween the ball and the onrushing Juventus man as Asamoah looks to pull the trigger. He gets a foot to the ball, but can only roll it wide of the post from 10 yards out.
Missiroli and Floro Flores continue to be the only real advanced players for the away side, and it takes a while for the duo to get any support should the visitors go long immediately. Juventus are still in control of this game, and Conte's choice to freshen up his wing-backs appears to be working nicely.
Good intervention from Pogba, the France international steps forward to nick the ball off the foot of Marrone, forcing it to cannon back off the Sassuolo midfielder and loop up into the arms of Buffon. The away side are still seeing some success down this right hand side.
Llorente and Tevez combine well once again, with the Spaniard nodding a lofted ball down for his teammate. The box is packed with green and black shirts, making it very difficult for Juventus to get many shots away. Negative stuff from Di Francesco's men, but they have little option at the moment.
Yellow CardFederico Peluso
Sassuolo continue to struggle to get out of their own half, as Juve's players swarm all over them. High energy levels and work rate are the order of the day for the hosts, and they aren't letting their opponents breathe even for a second.
A confident start by Juventus has already bore fruit, with Tevez deserving an early goal. This will be what the home fans would have hoped for, a positive performance to get their European woes out of their system as quickly as possibly.
GOOOOOOOAL! TEVEZ GIVES JUVENTUS THE 1-0 LEAD! Isla feeds Llorente, before the Spaniard cuts the ball back to Vidal, who dummies! It allows him to strike at Pegolo, who spills the rebound out to the feet of Tevez. An easy tap in!
ISLA! The wing-back overlaps on the right hand side, before being slipped the ball by a pressured Llorente. He takes a touch out of his feet, but sees his shot charged down by Longhi! Juventus are pressing in the early stages, Sassuolo are getting deeper by the minute.
VIDAL! The Chilean bends the free-kick over the wall, but beats the post as well as Pegolo! The Sassuolo keeper was at full stretch, genuinely concerned that the Juve midfielder's effort was going to nestle inside his post. Reasonable strike.
Yellow CardFrancesco Magnanelli
Good challenge by Antei! The central defender stands strong to deny Tevez, but the loose ball falls to Peluso, who is hacked down by Marzortai! Juventus are picking up free-kicks in useful positions in the early stages.
POGBA! The free-kick is taken short, laid off to the young Frenchman, but he can only thrash an effort into a ruck of green and black shirts! Tevez then has a half chance, but placing his shot too close to Pegolo.
KURTIC! The Slovenian rises highest at the back post to meet a Gazzola cross, but can't generate enough power to test Buffon in the hosts' net. The away side won't be discouraged by their start, they've managed to work the ball nicely down their right flank.
Llorente is already causing problems for the visitors, holding the ball up well and using his large frame to back into and roll his marker. The partnership of Tevez and the Spaniard appears to be starting to really click for Juve, aided by the fact they speak the same language.
Juventus are keen to press and harry their opponents, trying to force Sassuolo to go long rather than being able to stroke the ball about and settle down. It's working too, as all of the home side are pressing in unison.
LLORENTE! Excellent defending from Antei! The central defender is rolled brilliantly by the Spaniard on the edge of the box, but recovers well to slide in to prevent the cross from the former Athletic Bilbao forward.
LONGHI! The wing-back is unmarked at the back post, but can only fire a half volley wide of Buffon's post! Excellent early opportunity for the visitors, after good work down the right hand side from Gazzola and Floro Flores.
Good early running from Juventus! Peluso does excellently to beat Gazzola for pace, before whipping in a cross that Pegolo has to punch away. Tevez is then found in space on the edge of the box, but the Argentine can only balloon his effort way over the crossbar.
And we are underway in the first half! Juventus will want to make amends to their fans for their failure in the Champions League, and it wouldn't be surprising if the hosts attack from the very outset of the game. Di Francesco will presumably be happy to leave this stadium tonight with a point.
We're ten minutes until kick-off, and Sassuolo are facing quite a stern test tonight. Juventus may be missing their maestro Pirlo, but Pogba has shown in recent weeks that he is more than complete enough as a player to fill the void. The away side will presumably be overjoyed with a point, seeing as they're missing key man Domenico Berardi.
This game was moved due to Juventus having to play two instalments of their Champions League group game against Galatasaray, before being graciously given more time to rest before facing their domestic duties. Conte chooses to stick with Llorente and Tevez, as he did at the Turk Telekom Arena, and the two seem to be striking a reasonable partnership of little and large.
Sassuolo substitutes: Pomini, Pucino, Rossini, Ziegler, Valeri, Laribi, Chibsah, Schelotto, Alexe, Farias, Masucci, Zaza.
Sassuolo starting line-up: Pegolo; Marzorati, Bianco, Antei; Gazzolla, Marrone, Magnanelli, Kurtic, Longhi; Missiroli, Floro Flores.
Juventus substitutes: Storari, Rubinho, Lichtsteiner, Motta, Caceres, Ogbonna, De Ceglie, Padoin, Giovinco, Quagliarella.
Juventus starting line-up: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal, Pogba, Asamoah, Peluso; Tevez, Llorente.
TEAM NEWS: Claudio Marchisio is suspended for the hosts, with Andrea Pirlo, Simone Pepe and Mirko Vucinic sitting out through injury. Mauricio Isla and Federico Peluso come into the side on the flanks. Sassuolo's star Domenico Berardi is suspended, causing the away side to revert to a 3-5-2 system which better suits the players that Eusebio Di Francesco has at his disposal.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you updated with all of the action from Juventus Stadium as Sassuolo visit in search of points to drag themselves away from the relegation zone. After a brief resurgence, which included draws against the likes of Roma, Napoli and Lazio, the newly promoted side have slumped to consecutive defeats in recent weeks.
Hello and welcome to one of this evening's Serie A clashes, as Sassuolo travel to Turin to face a Juventus side with a point to prove. After crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages, due to a combination of bad weather and Wesley Sneijder, Antonio Conte's men have to recover quickly to maintain their pace at the top of Serie A.
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