Di Maria and Vlahovic are already in good shape

Goals and assists for the Argentine on his Juventus debut, then the Serbian striker is unleashed

There Juventus makes no mistake and his seasonal debut in A league beat 3-0 at the Stadium Sassuolo. Star of the evening Angel Di Maria, in the first match in the Italian league and author of the goal that unlocked the match in the 26th minute with a dirty shot on the fly that overtook Consiglio. Before the break Vlahovic he achieved the rigor he obtained, then signing the shotgun at 51 ‘always on an assist from Fideo.


Also there Juventus he did his duty by closing a first day of Serie A without real surprises. That Juventus, clear in the 3-0 against Sassuolo at the Stadium, was the tenth and last victory of a first round that did not see draws, insidious because Allegri’s team was forced to respond immediately to all the competitors for the Scudetto. And he did it, great. Thanks to the quality of Of Mariabut also of the ferocity of Vlahovic and an aggressive and determined attitude for the first hour of play that left the dribble to Sassuolo, punishing him at the first opportunity.

However, the scene took off Of Maria. When the first grumbles were appearing at the Stadium for the ball of the game left to the neroverdi, counting of opportunities wasted by Defrel, the Argentine turned on in the 26th minute and put the situation in order by opening, but above all closing the action of the advantage for the Juventus. A quick, dirty but effective conclusion that rewarded him for his courage but above all surprised Consigli. Once the match was unblocked, it was a Juventus monologue.

Vlahovic he began to measure the opponent’s goal by touching the post with a couple of shots in the area, then at 41 ‘he won the duel with Ferrari by being landed for the penalty, then converted centrally, of 2-0. At the beginning of the second half the script did not change and after five minutes there was room for a coast-to-coast counter-attack that Di Maria sent to the edge of the post and for the immediately following goal of the 3-0 of Vlahovic for a gift in setting of Ayhan. After the Coppa Italia another bad stop for the neroverdi.


Of Mary 7.5 – A goal and an (almost) assist on his debut, but for the Argentine starting a championship with goals is nothing new. With his snatches he created many scoring chances by dragging Danilo from one side of the pitch to the other. The quality is there, but it is not new. His game, however, ends in the 65th minute due to a muscle problem.

Vlahovic 7.5 – But what a crisis. When you start getting serious, the Serbian reappears on the scoresheet. First he takes the measures of the door of Consiglio touching it with movements from center forward, then he obtains the penalty that he achieves and finally puts on the scoresheet the first double of the season.

Alex Sandro 6.5 – He starts the game with air and precision, showing himself constantly on his band and putting dangerous balls in the area. A good start to the season.

Danilo 7 – Races with and without the ball that favor Di Maria’s plays. Physical condition to be emphasized with the usual concentration in defense as at the beginning of the second half when he saved a dangerous ball in the area.

Ayhan 4.5 – Punish one to punish them all, but the passage with which in fact gives Di Maria and Vlahovic the opportunity for the 3-0 is something that has already been repeated in the Italian Cup. This is not good and for Dionisi it is already a first alarm bell.


Juventus (4-1-4-1):
Perin 6: Danilo 7, Bonucci 6, Bremer 6, Alex Sandro 6.5 (16 ‘st De Sciglio 6); Cuadrado 6 (16 ‘st Kostic 6), Zakaria 6, Locatelli 6,5 (31’ st Rovella sv), McKennie 6,5 (31 ‘st Soulé sv); Di Maria 7.5 (21 ‘st Miretti 6); Vlahovic 7.5. Available: Pinsoglio, Carnations, Cats, Rugani, Beans, Da Graca. Coach: Allegri 7.
Sassuolo (4-3-3): Tips 5; Muldur sv (7 ‘Toljan 5), Ayhan 4,5, Ferrari 5, Rogerio 5; Frattesi 5 (35 ‘st Ceide sv), Henrique 5.5, Thorstvedt 5.5 (35’ st Harroui sv); Berardi 5.5, Defrel 5 (1 ‘st Raspadori 5.5), Kyriakopoulos 5 (14’ st Pinamonti 5.5). Available: Pegolo, Russo, Marchizza, Alvarez, Obiang, Erlic, D’Andrea, Tressoldi. All .: Dionisi 5.
Referee: Rapuano
Markers: 26 ‘Di Maria, 43’ pen. Vlahovic, 6 ‘st Vlahovic
Ammonites: Locatelli (J); Thorstvedt, Henrique (S)
Expelled: nobody


For the first time since Massimiliano Allegri returned, Juventus won a Serie A match by at least three goals.
In the last 13 Serie A seasons in which he made his seasonal debut at home, Juventus have won 12 times; the only exception was the 0-1, in August 2015, against Udinese, with a goal from Cyril Thèréau.
Angel Di Maria is the fifth Argentine (excluding natives) to score in this century with the Juventus shirt in Serie A, after Tevez, Pereyra, Dybala and Higuain.
Di Maria has actively participated in at least one goal (three goals and two assists) in four of his last five league debuts (four with PSG and the current one with Juve).
Since wearing the Juventus shirt, Dusan Vlahovic has scored 11 goals: only Lautaro Martinez (13) and Ciro Immobile (12) have done better in all competitions among those who played only in Serie A teams in the period.
For Vlahovic this is the 12th multiple marking in Serie A (the second with Juventus): from 2019/20 to today only Cristiano Ronaldo (15) and Ciro Immobile (14) have collected more in the top Italian tournament.
Dusan Vlahovic has converted 13 of the 14 penalties taken in Serie A: this is the first kicked with the Juventus shirt.
Match number 477 for Leonardo Bonucci with the Juventus shirt in all competitions; presence that allows him to overtake Dino Zoff (476) and to earn seventh place alone among the players with the most matches in the history of the Juventus club.
Sassuolo have only obtained one clean sheets in 20 Serie A away matches with Dionisi on the bench, conceding 39 goals in the partial (1.9 per match average).
Sassuolo have lost six Serie A games from the beginning of April onwards: no team did worse in the top flight in the period.
It was since April, against Juventus, that Sassuolo had not lost a Serie A match, shooting at least 18 times in total.
Sassuolo lost on their Serie A debut for the third time in their history: curiously, the other two were also in Turin (but against the grenades).

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