Juventus remain on course for Champions League

Juventus remain on course for Champions League

Juventus needed a late winner from Moise Kean to earn a 2-1 comeback win against Sassuolo away from home in Serie A

The win strengthens Juventus’ hold on the final Champions League qualifying spot.

The home side dominated the opening exchanges and was determined to make Juve’s life hard before eventually being rewarded for their start.

Sassuolo would have gone in front earlier than they did had Szczesny not made fine saves to deny Domenico Berardi and Raspadori.

Italy’s Giacomo Raspadori drilled the ball past Wojciech Szczesny at his near post in the 38th minute to give Sassuolo the lead.

A goal out of nowhere for Juve got them back in the match as Dybala, who has announced he is leaving at the end of the season, gave a reminder of his quality with his ninth league goal of the campaign to restore parity.

Juve imposed their will in the second half, with Consigli denying them time and again.

Alvaro Morata almost completed his side’s comeback early in the second half, but his header was brilliantly saved by Andrea Consigli.

With the game headed for a draw, Kean turned smartly and struck the winner two minutes from time to give his team all three points.

The victory means Juventus have gained 12 points from losing positions in Serie A since the start of 2022, at least five more points than any other team in this period.

Juventus remain 4th with 66 points from 34 matches, one point behind Napoli in third and eight clear of AS Roma in fifth in the race for Europe.

With Inter and Milan fighting for the Scudetto, Juventus’ best chance could be finishing above a suddenly vulnerable Napoli.

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