SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 21 - 26 Jan 2014 (14.00 UK)
3 - 1 Sassuolo
Greco 5 (L), Paulinho 12 (L), Benassi 26 (L), Berardi pen 28 (S)
Stadio Armando Picchi

Livorno gave Domenico Di Carlo the perfect debut with a 3-1 victory over relegation rivals Sassuolo.

This was a relegation six-pointer and Mimmo Di Carlo made his debut on the Livorno bench after Davide Nicola was sacked and caretaker manager Attilio Perotti oversaw a 3-0 defeat to Roma. The Amaranto had one point from nine rounds and only three goals scored. Sassuolo beat Milan 4-3, but followed that up with a disappointing 2-0 home loss to Torino, so were still in the drop zone.

Last season these sides met in Serie B with Livorno emerging 3-2 winners. The home fans only came out on to the stands after 10 minutes in protest at President Aldo Spinelli. It meant they missed a goal, as Livorno took an early lead.

Innocent Emeghara drew defenders away down the right and the cross found Leandro Greco relatively unmarked for a splendid volley.

The Di Carlo cure certainly seemed to be working, as the Amaranto doubled their advantage with a Paulinho snapshot from outside the box.

Paulinho almost made it 3-0, but fired his angled drive across the face of goal. It arrived eventually with Emeghara again the creator. The Swiss-Nigerian picked up possession in midfield, surged forward and rolled across for Marco Benassi’s angled drive.

Sassuolo were given a lifeline when Francesco Bardi brought down Nicola Sansone, though it was only a booking as the forward was going away from goal. Domenico Berardi stepped up to convert the penalty.

That goal seemed to wake Sassuolo up and they threatened with Thomas Manfredini’s header inches over from a Sansone free kick.


: Bardi; Ceccherini, Emerson, Coda; Mbaye, Benassi, Luci, Greco (Duncan 74), Castellini; Emeghara (Siligardi 69), Paulinho
Sassuolo: Pegolo; Rosi, Antei, Manfredini, Longhi (Ziegler 77); Chibsah (Floro Flores 52), Marrone, Biondini, Berardi, Zaza, Sansone (Farias 64)
Ref: Celi