Costa faces lengthy ban

Cristiano Ronaldo might have opened his goalscoring account for Juventus but the win against Sassuolo was marred by a stoppage time incident in which Douglas Costa was given his marching orders. The former Bayern Munich player headbutted, elbowed and spat at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco.

The 28-year-old offensive midfielder, who had never been sent off during his senior career, could face a hefty suspension for his unruly behaviour. When interviewed by Sky Italia Massimiliano Allegri stated: “‘Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn’t matter, because this absolutely must not happen. The one thing we must avoid doing is falling for provocation.”