Juventus Turin carried out a bad accounting operation in the race for Europe by conceding a second defeat in a row in the league, on the ground of Sassuolo (1-0), Sunday during the 30th day of Serie A.
Juve, still seventh, is now nine points behind AC Milan (4th) and AS Roma (3rd), who occupy the last two directly qualifying places for the next Champions League.
It is also four points behind Atalanta Bergamo, 6th and virtually qualified for the play-offs for access to the group stage of the Europa League Conference.
The Turinese, beaten 2-1 at Lazio the previous day, will undoubtedly have to bet everything on a final victory in the Europa League to have the right to play in the next C1. Thursday, they won 1-0 against Sporting Portugal in the first leg of the C3.
In Sassuolo, after a rather closed first half and without any real chance of scoring, the Frenchman Grégoire Defrel, who came on at half-time in place of Andrea Pinamonti, scored with a low shot with his left foot in pivot after having benefited from a recovery error from Nicolo Fagioli (65th) following a corner.
The young Fagioli (22), immediately replaced by Massimiliano Allegri, joined the bench in tears, consoled by a few teammates.
Previously, Defrel had already almost opened the scoring with a header from a corner from Henrique, but Turin goalkeeper Mattia Perin saved his team on his line at the cost of a fine save (56th).
Then Federico Gatti in turn saved the Turin side on his line on a cross from Nedim Bajrami (62nd).
Juventus, stung, then accelerated and came close to equalizing on a header from Adrien Rabiot who cut a corner from Angel Di Maria, entered during the second half, but goalkeeper Andrea Consigli deflected the ball in a corner of a magnificent flight (73rd).
The day continues at 8:45 p.m. with the poster AS Roma-Udinese.