More than two months after a 4-0 drubbing at home to Lazio, Juventus have secured a 1-0 win over Sassuolo.
Juventus won the first leg of their first round-of-16 tie in Naples but, with the game now in the hands of extra time, they could have ended the encounter in a draw.
The Bianconeri won 2-1 thanks to a late Sergio Moratti goal, and then had to wait another hour for a penalty that led to a penalty shoot-out.
The penalty shootout was held up for an hour, as Juventus tried to force extra time.
The first-half was a thriller, with Sassuoli going into the second leg with the same lead they’d earned in the first.
However, it was Sassuolino who put the game beyond doubt with a late strike to seal the win.
The Giallors won the shootout thanks to two penalties, one in the 52nd minute.
Juve then drew 2-2 with Atalanta, while Sassuole were eliminated from the Europa League via the third round.
Sassuolo coach Paulo Dybala said his side would have been able to beat Juventus if they had a better chance of beating the Sassuoles on Wednesday.
“But I think the goal was a bit unlucky.
The penalty is a bit too harsh, and we are looking for a better result,” Dybalo told Tuttosport.”
They’re playing a tough team, but we are not playing to win the game.
We have to play with the spirit of the game and be aggressive.”
The last time Sassuola played in Naples was in the Champions League in 2008-09.
They beat Juventus 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-final, but lost 2-0 in the last 16.
It will be a reunion for Sassuolin fans, with Bianconeria sporting director Angelo Gattuso hoping for a second successive win in Naples.
“We are delighted to win and we hope that we will continue this winning streak in the league,” Gattuseso said.
“We’ve been talking about this match all season and it’s a game of great significance for our team.”