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European roundup: Juventus suffer last-gasp home defeat to Sassuolo

European roundup: Juventus suffer last-gasp home defeat to Sassuolo

  • Maxime Lopez scores in stoppage time
  • Radamel Falcao nets Rayo Vallecano winner against Barcelona

Reuters

Last modified on Wed 27 Oct 2021 15.50 EDT

Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sassuolo in Serie A with Maxime Lopez’s stoppage-time winner stunning Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

The hosts were well off the pace in the first half and fell behind to a fine team goal from Sassuolo two minutes before the break, with Davide Frattesi finishing well when put through on goal.

Juve stepped it up in the second half with Juan Cuadrado having a powerful effort cleared off the line while Federico Chiesa also missed with a header. The equaliser finally came when McKennie powered a header into the net in the 76th minute, much to the relief of everyone in the Juventus Stadium.

Juve threw everything at Sassuolo to find a winner, but they were caught on the break in the 95th minute, as Lopez raced clear before lofting a fine finish into the net to secure victory for his team.

A first-half strike from Radamel Falcao was enough to hand Rayo Vallecano a shock 1-0 win over Barcelona as the Catalans slumped to their second successive La Liga defeat.

Following their defeat by rivals Real Madrid over the weekend, Wednesday’s result would have piled on even more pressure on coach Ronald Koeman as his side have won only two of their last seven league games and lie ninth in the standings with 15 points.

Radamel Falcao settles the result in Rayo Vallecano’s favour.

Colombian striker Falcao pounced in the 30th minute after Barça captain Sergio Busquets lost the ball in midfield and allowed Rayo to launch a quick counter-attack that led to the goal. After dribbling past Gerard Piqué, Falcao finished off in style by finding the back of the net.

Barça had a great chance to equalise in the 72nd minute but Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski saved Memphis Depay’s penalty strike.

Érik Lamela came off the bench to earn Sevilla a point and top spot in La Liga with a stunning second-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Real Mallorca.

Sevilla were subdued in the first half at the Son Moix and trailed in the 22nd minute when Amath Ndiaye’s low cross was converted from close range by Antonio Sánchez.

The visitors had a let-off early in the second when Mallorca wasted a gilt-edged chance to double their lead when Ángel Rodríguez thumped a close-range effort against the post.

But they began to dominate and Argentinian forward Lamela, who replaced Suso in the in the 53rd minute, levelled in the 73rd minute when he cut in from the right before planting an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

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