Sassuolo vs Juventus Player Ratings: Kean the Super-Sub

On the curtain closer of Serie A round 34, Sassuolo hosted Juventus at the Mapei Stadium. After dominating the play in the first half, the Emilians finally broke the deadlock thanks to a smooth play finished by Giacomo Raspadori. Nonetheless, their lead didn’t last too long, as Paulo Dybala brought the Bianconeri back on level terms with a vicious shot. While the two sides appeared to have settled for a draw, Moise Kean played the super-sub role by snatching a late winner that puts the Old Lady on the cusp of Champions League qualification. So here are our player ratings for the encounter between Sassuolo and Juventus.

Sassuolo (4-2-3-1)

Andrea Consigli – 5.5

The former Atalanta custodian denied Morata with an excellent save early in the second half. However, Dybala left him with no chance at all with his thunderous shot, but perhaps should have done better on Kean’s winner, as he allowed the ball to slip between his legs.

Mert Muldur – 6

The Turkish right-back put up an energetic display and even threatened with a couple of shots. But committed an early mistake at the back when he allowed Morata to make a run at goal following a failed clearance.

Kaan Ayhan – 6

The center back was mostly solid, but perhaps allowed Dybala that little extra space he needed to launch his rocket towards goal.

Vlad Chireiches – 6

Reminiscent to his defensive partner, the Romanian veteran looked composed at the back and made some vital clearances. But at the end of the day, he was outmuscled by the younger and fresher Kean on his way to scoring the winner.

Giorgos Kyriakopoulos – 5.5

The Greek had a slow start, but his performance grew with match. His impressive work on the left flank initiated the Neroverdi’s lone goal. Tried his luck with shooting in the second half, and came very close on one occasion. Lost possession for Morata right before the Old Lady’s equalizer.

Maxime Lopez – 7

Sassuolo dominated possession from start to finish, and the former Marseille man is one of the key reasons behind it. Architected the play in the middle of the park, controlled the tempo and generally had the upper hand over his Juventus peers.

Davide Frattesi – 6.5

A brave performance from the Roman who was involved in the action on both ends of the pitch. His header went just over the goal, and then tested Szczesny with a shot. Made a vital block to stop Dybala’s shot which was heading towards goal.

Domenico Berardi – 6.5

The Sassuolo captain was naturally behind the majority of his team’s chances. Tried his luck with a wonderful shot but the Juventus goalkeeper produced a decent save to deny it. Provided the assist for Raspadori with a fabulous flick.

Giacomo Raspadori – 7

The Euro 2020 winner looked like a man who had a point to prove when going against his potential future employers. Had the first real chance of the match with a dangerous shot from the edge of the box. He then delivered on his threats by opening the scoring with a clinical finish from a tight angle.

Hamed Junior Traorè – 5.5

The Ivorian is currently on a hot form but couldn’t deliver the goods against Massimiliano Allegri’s men. Made some promising runs but was generally wasteful.

Gianluca Scamacca – 6.5

A generous display from the striker who worked hard for the cause. The former Genoa man wrestled Morata off the ball to start the play that produced his side’s goal. Should have scored a goal himself but his thunderous shot was somehow saved by Szczesny.

Sassuolo Substitutes

Filip Djuricic – N/A

Gregoire Defrel – N/A

Matheus Henrique – N/A

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Juventus (4-4-3)

Wojciech Szczesny – 6.5

A mixed bag for the former Arsenal shot-stopper who was beaten at his near post for Sassuolo’s goal. However, the good slightly outweighs the bad, as he made a flurry of saves throughout the match, including a miraculous block on Scamacca’s vicious strike.

Mattia De Sciglio – 6

The former Milan man caused problems for the hosts with his dangerous crosses every time he trotted forward in the first half. However, his impact dwindled in the second period.

Daniele Rugani – 6

It wasn’t a bad outing for the Italian center. Nevertheless, he was lured out of position at times and Allegri opted to take him off early in the second half in favor of Chiellini.

Leonardo Bonucci – 6

The experienced defender couldn’t close in on Raspadori quick enough ahead of the goal, but was largely solid otherwise. His long ball instigated Kean’s winner.

Alex Sandro – 5.5

For the vast majority of the match, the Brazilian offered very little for Juventus aside from some routine interceptions. But he’ll be happy to have an assist to his name after heading the ball in Kean’s direction.

Federico Bernardeschi – 5.5

The winger combined well with Dybala and De Sciglio in the first half, but almost disappeared when Allegri switched to 3-5-2 in the second half. But worked hard though.

Denis Zakaria – 6

The Swiss midfielder ran his socks off in the middle of the park, but provided very little in terms of build-up. Was second best for Lopez. Nonetheless, provided the assist for Dybala’s equalizer

Danilo – 6

The former Real Madrid man once again started as a holding midfielder, but looked lost between the lines. His display noticeably improved following the tactical switch as he joined Chiellini and Bonucci at the back.

Adrien Rabiot – 6

The Frenchman won a host of balls for Juventus, but unfortunately, he wastes possession almost as much. But a decent display in general.

Paulo Dybala – 6.5

The Argentine suffered on the slippery turf and gave the ball away in dangerous areas. However, his timely equalizer reignited his side’s hopes. Left the pitch early in the second half.

Alvaro Morata – 6.5

The former Chelsea man was the man behind Dybala’s goal as he outwrestled Kyriakopoulos for the ball. Almost scored himself on two occasions, but Consigli made a great save on his header, while his shot whistled past the post.

Juventus Substitutes

Giorgio Chiellini – 6.5

The Captain entered the field early in the second half and his contribution was vital while Juventus were stubbornly defending against Sassuolo’s raids.

Dusan Vlahovic – 5.5

The Serbian couldn’t truly get a grip on the match and was left starving for service.

Moise Kean – 7

The Azzurri striker was the hero of the evening, scoring from a half-chance at a time when the Bianconeri seemed settled for a point. Used his strength to turn around his marker before unleashing a powerful shot that went past Consigli.

Fabio Miretti – N/A