European round-up: Sassuolo beat Juventus, Monchengladbach thrash Bayern Munich

Davide Frattesi broke the deadlock for Sassuolo before Weston McKennie equalized and then Maxime Lopez scored a stoppage time winner; Inter Milan beat Empoli 2-0 and Roma defeated Cagliari 2-1.

Juventus were beaten 2-1 by Sassuolo in the Serie A fixture on Wednesday; Credit: Twitter/@juventusfc
By Sreejith C R | Oct 28, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Sassuolo beat Juventus 2-1 in the Serie A fixture at Allianz stadium on Wednesday courtesy of a last-gasp winner by Maxime Lopez. The loss left Juventus 13 points behind league leaders Napoli and it was their second home defeat of the season. Davide Frattesi had given the visitors the lead in the 44th minute before Weston McKennie equalized for Juventus in the 76th minute. Elsewhere, Inter Milan beat Empoli 2-0 while Roma got the better of Cagliari and Lazio edged past Fiorentina. Borussia Monchengladbach thrashed Bayern Munich 5-0 and dumped them out of the German Cup.

Sassuolo started the match brightly as Domenico Berardi’s left-footed curler from the right side wasn’t far away from the goal. In response at the other end, Paulo Dybala, who was back into full fitness hit the post from outside the box.

Just before the break, the hosts took the lead with a finely worked goal. Gregoire Defrel found Frattesi’ run inside the right side of the penalty area and the French footballer slotted home to make the score 1-0.

Juventus came out with a bit more intent in the second half as Juan Cuadrado’s shot from inside the box was cleared off the line by the Sassuolo defence. Dybala tested the visiting goalkeeper Andrea Consigli with a powerful volley.

Juventus’ relentless attacks finally broke the Sassuolo resistance as McKennie headed home from Dybala’s free-kick, 14 minutes from time. However, Sassuolo scored the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Juventus pushed up for the winner and left lots of space at the back.

Berardi released Lopez down the left side with a brilliant cross field pass and the Frenchman dribbled forward before chipping the ball over an advancing Mattia Perin and into the goal.

The loss left Juventus at seventh spot with 15 points from 10 games while Sassuolo are one point behind them at ninth.

Empoli 0-2 Inter Milan

Champions Inter Milan got back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 win over Empoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani. After the home side had started brightly Inter grew into confidence as the game progressed and took the lead through Danilo D’Ambrosio in the 34 th minute.

Inter took full control of the game after Empoli midfielder Samuel Ricci was sent off for a reckless foul on Nicolo Barella just six minute into the second half.

Simone Inzahi’s side made the most of the man advantage as Federico Dimarco doubled the lead in the 66th minute.

After the win, Inter Milan are placed third in the points table with 21 points from 10 games while Empoli are at the 12th spot with 12 points.

Cagliari 1-2 Roma

Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a wonderful free-kick goal and provided the assist for Roger Ibanez, as Roma came from behind to secure three points at Sardegna Arena. The home side had taken the lead through Leonardo Pavoletti in the 52nd minute.

Borussia Monchengladbach 5-0 Bayern Munich

Borussia Monchengladbach surprised everyone as they thrashed Bayern Munich 5-0 at Borussia Park. The hosts struck three goals inside 21 minutes and added two in the second half to complete the drubbing and eliminate the German champions out of the German Cup second round.

Kouadio Kone opened the scoring within the opening two minutes before Rami Bensebaini scored a brace to put the hosts in the driving seat. Meanwhile Breel Embolo struck twice early in the second half to kill off the game.

It was Bayern’s worst ever German Cup defeat.

Related Post