MILAN: Defending champions Juventus jumped to fourth in Serie A after beating Sassuolo 3-1.
Andrea Pirlo’s squad won their third consecutive league action for the first time this season, thus bridging the gap with AC Milan leaders to seven points and playing less than one match.
“It’s important to keep up the pace and win tonight, because otherwise the match at the San Siro last Wednesday would have been meaningless,” said Pirlo, whose squad finished a 27-game unbeaten streak last Wednesday.
Sassuolo lost a player early in the second half when Pedro Obiang was sent off for fouling Federico Chiesa.
Danilo put Juventus ahead in the 50th minute through the defender’s first goal of the season.
But seven minutes later Sassuolo closed the gap through Gregoire Defrel.
Substitute Aaron Ramsey put Juve back eight minutes before the end of the game and Cristiano Ronaldo completed his team’s victory.