Sassuolo beat local rivals Bologna for their first ever Serie A victory, sending the Rossoblu to the foot of the table.
This was both an Emilia-Romagna Derby and a relegation dogfight between the bottom two teams. Bologna had just three points, all from draws, while Sassuolo had two. Francesco Magnanelli was suspended for the hosts with Emanuele Terranova, Carl Valeri, Gomes and Marcello Gazzola sidelined, while Niccolo Cherubin, Henry Gimenez and Dejan Stojanovic didn’t make the trip.
Italy Under-21 international Luca Marrone received his debut in midfield for Sassuolo. With the first real attacking move, Sassuolo earned a penalty. Domenico Berardi robbed Cesare Natali and burst into the box, where he was body-checked by Andrea Mantovani. Berardi got back up to convert the spot-kick.
Alessandro Diamanti wasted a golden opportunity to equalise moments later, but ballooned over the bar from close range.
Instead, Sassuolo doubled their lead with the aid of a slight deflection, as the Antonio Floro Flores snapshot swerved past helpess Gianluca Curci.
Gianluca Pegolo was at full stretch to deny a Diamanti effort, but Diamanti converted a penalty under the bar after Jonathan Rossini tugged Cesare Natali’s shirt.
Jonathan Cristaldo forced a save and Panagiotis Kone’s wonderful solo effort shaved a coat of paint off the far post. Curci used his legs to deny Laribi from point-blank range, then Floro Flores failed to make the most of another great opportunity.
It could’ve been 2-2, but Luca Antei performed a crucial goalline clearance to deny Cech with his goalkeeper beaten.
A huge rainstorm landed on the Mapei Stadium and Laribi had a great chance for a goal, but the ball was caught in a puddle, leaving him with a fresh-air shot.