Sassuolo completed a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to hold Lazio and could’ve won this thrilling game.
The Neroverdi were fired up after earning the first Serie A point in their history, holding Napoli to a 1-1 draw at the San Paolo on Wednesday. They had a long list of injuries, though, missing Luca Antei, Carl Valeri, Luca Marrone, Emanuele Terranova, Gomes and Gazzola. Lazio weren’t in much better shape, as they were without Miroslav Klose, Stefan Radu, Abdoulay Konko, Diego Novaretti, Giuseppe Biava and Stefano Mauri.
Sassuolo had a more aggressive start, but Lazio went closer to scoring with Antonio Candreva’s shot flashing across the face of goal.
The hosts kept pushing and Simone Zaza soared above the crowd for a header that cracked against the crossbar from Simone Missiroli’s cross.
Jasmin Kurtic and Hernanes also tried from distance, while Zaza again went close with a shot that skimmed the upright.
Michael Ciani should’ve scored in first half stoppages when a corner found him completely unmarked, but the defender incredibly turned the free header wide.
The warning was not heeded, as Lazio did score from an identical situation in the second half. This time it was Andre Dias who was allowed a free header and it glanced into the far bottom corner.
The Biancocelesti made it 2-0 moments later, as Candreva hit one of his trademark screamers in off the inside of the near post.
The game had suddenly sprung to life and Sassuolo pulled one back immediately, Ezequiel Schelotto soaring for his powerful header from a Kurtic corner.
Sassuolo had strong penalty appeals for a Ciani tackle on Berardi’s ankle, but the referee waved play on. Berardi was forced off the field by that challenge.
Federico Marchetti had to come flying off his line to deny Zaza after Ciani had allowed him to spring the offside trap. From that corner, Zaza again tested the goalkeeper, who palmed out from under the bar.
Sassuolo got their deserved equaliser with an Antonio Floro Flores free kick from distance, though Marchetti seemed a little late seeing it as it dipped over the wall.
Laribi was about to get the winner on 82 minutes when sent clear on goal, but Marchetti stuck out a foot to parry one-on-one.