Juventus suffered a morale-crushing 4-2 defeat at Sassuolo on Saturday, with the Mapei Stadium crowd witnessing some of the most incredible scenes you’ll see in Serie A this season. From Wojciech Szczesny’s epic blunder to help the home side open the scoring to Federico Gatti’s ludicrous own goal to seal the visitors’ fate, wet conditions in Emilia-Romagna contributed to a truly bizarre evening for Bianconeri.
Massimiliano Allegri could’ve felt this was coming when his dependable goalkeeper committed a terrible mistake to gift Armand Lauriente the opening goal. If there was a glimmer of hope for Juventus down the final stretch, Gatti’s insane own goal from 30 yards out doused the last ember of optimism in the visiting camp.
It was that kind of game where nothing went their way. Even Dusan Vlahovic, who has enjoyed an impressive start to the new campaign, couldn’t convert a clear-cut chance to draw Juventus level early in the second half. Gatti’s horror moment served only to cap off a dreadful evening for the record-time Italian champions.
Juventus captain Danilo has called for his teammates to draw a valuable lesson from today’s disgraceful performance at the Mapei.
“A night like this needs to be a teachable moment,” he told DAZN, as relayed by Tuttomercatoweb. “We know there is a long season ahead, that we were not champions before, and we are not terrible now. We just have to keep improving day after day.“
With Lecce coming to the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday, Juventus won’t have to wait long for a chance to redeem themselves to their fans.
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