Paulo Dybala scores treble as Juventus win 3-1 in Sassuolo

Paulo Dybala netted a stunning hat-trick to win the game for Juventus, as the champions won 3-1 against Sassuolo.

This weekend’s Serie A fixtures featured Juventus visiting Sassuolo for both of their respective fourth games of the season. Juventus was in the need of a win if they were to take back the lead from Internazionale (who has been on their best start of the season in years). Sassuolo was also looking for a win, though their start to the campaign was fairly disappointing; Sassuolo had yet only earned one draw out of three games, losing the two others. Juventus were the clear favourites ahead of this clash at the MAPEI Stadium.

Sixteen minutes into the game, after already having their fair share of chances, Juventus would finally get their first goal after a stunning left-footed strike from outside the box from Paulo Dybala. After a pass coming from Mandžukić on the left flank, Dybala would quickly take a shot with his left foot without controlling the ball; his curler would find its way to the back of the net easily, and award Juventus with the lead for the first time in the game.

Early in the second half, Juventus would get yet another clear scoring chance, with Juan Cuadrado making a run down the right win. The Colombian international would give the ball back inside to Paulo Dybala. The Argentine striker would take a touch, before placing a quality finish in the back of the net, earning himself a brace with a Ronaldinho-esque signature shot. This would also be Dybala’s 50th goal in 100 Juventus games.

Sassuolo’s one and only goal would come from an empty-net goal from Matteo Politano. A long ball would reach Sassuolo’s left wing as Charles Adjapong would take a nice chest touch, nearly humiliating Lichsteiner on the way. He would then pass the ball inside to Falcinelli, before the latter’s pass would reach Matteo Politano – the Italian forward would only have to push the ball in the empty net.

Minutes after the hour-mark had been reached, Juventus were awarded a dangerous free-kick in a position similar to the one awarded against Lazio Roma, in the Supercup final in August. This position would reveal to be quite favorable to Dybala, a left-footed free-kick specialist (amongst other things). Juventus’ number 10 would step up, and seconds later, celebrate his wonder goal; a beautiful free kick curled above the wall that would leave Sassuolo’s Consigli powerless.

This win would put Juventus ahead of Internazionale in the Serie A standings, as they will be awaiting the result of the Napoli home clash against Benevento – the hosts will need a four-goal win in order to take the lead away from the Bianconeri. Dybala’s treble puts him way ahead of the second-best league goal scorer, Mauro Icardi, with now 8 goals in 4 games. He is the first player to manage such a tally this early in a top European league since Wayne Rooney, six years ago.

Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

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