Ciro Immobile and Matteo Brighi brought Sassuolo right back down to earth and continued Torino’s impressive campaign.
These sides had made a name for themselves as giant-killers, as Sassuolo were fresh from shocking Milan in a 4-3 result that ended Massimiliano Allegri’s tenure with four goals from Domenico Berardi. The 19-year-old again started with Antonio Floro Flores and Chibsah, while Torino continued their attempts to qualify for Europe with Ciro Immobile returning from injury to partner Alessio Cerci.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli was in the stands of the Mapei Stadium to scout Immobile, Cerci and perhaps also Berardi. These were not the ideal conditions for football, as it was raining very heavily in Reggio Emilia.
Immobile put Torino in front when he pounced on a defensive error to intercept Longhi and debutant Thomas Manfredini in the centre-circle, surging forward to chip the goalkeeper.
Alexander Farnerud was forced off after a clash of heads with Lorenzo Ariaudo and Sassuolo struggled to get back into the game, as Berardi curling off target was their only real chance.
Instead, Toro doubled their advantage after the restart. Gianluca Pegolo did well to parry a curling Alessio Cerci shot at the near post, but Matteo Brighi flung himself onto the rebound.
Daniele Padelli blocked a Reto Ziegler snapshot, as the pitch was increasingly a paddy field with huge puddles. Immobile almost made it 3-0 on the counter with an angled drive deflected inches past the far post