Livorno secured a spectacular 4-1 victory to ruin Sassuolo’s first ever Serie A home game.
Both newly-promoted teams lost their opening games and this was already a relegation dogfight that could prove decisive come the end of the season. Innocent Emeghara joined Livorno from Siena this week, though Botta and Siligardi were absent. Sassuolo missed Carl Valeri, Gomes, Francesco Manganelli and the suspended Domenico Berardi, but took Ezequiel Schelotto on loan from Inter.
This was an historic occasion, as it was Sassuolo’s first ever Serie A home game, played at the Stadio Citta del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia, also known as the Mapei Stadium.
Laribi curled wide after a solo run through the Amaranto defence, while Leandro Greco tested Antonio Rosati from distance.
Livorno broke the deadlock just before half-time with a stunning Greco free kick that curled over the wall and settled into the top corner for his debut Serie A goal.
Italy Under-21 goalkeeper Francesco Bardi did well to beat away a Jasmin Kurtic rocket, while Simone Zaza turned over the bar and moments later his low drive was denied by Bardi at the near post.
Sassuolo did score their first ever Serie A goal with Zaza, who rose to flick in a header from Laribi’s cross.
The situation did not last long, as Livorno restored their advantage with Emeghara on his debut. It was meant to be a cross from the by-line, but Rosati fumbled it into his own net at the near post.
Paulinho also got his first goal of the season with a solo run cutting in from the right to beat the goalkeeper at the near post with the aid of a deflection.
Emeghara completed the rout with a penalty after Rosati brought down Luci.