SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 8 Jan 2017 (14.00 UK)
Sassuolo 0 - 0 Torino
Mapei Stadium

Juan Manuel Iturbe and Alberto Aquilani made their debuts, while Domenico Berardi returned after four months, but there were no goals.

The Neroverdi had to hope the winter break had swept away their dismal start to the season and the injury crisis, but still came into this game without Paolo Cannavaro, Francesco Magnanelli, Davide Biondini, Marcello Gazzola and Simone Missiroli. On top of that, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Luca Mazzitelli were suspended, but Matteo Politano returned and Alberto Aquilani got his debut after the transfer from Pescara. Toro had their mid-season signing, Juan Manuel Iturbe, on the bench.

The Granata had never lost away to Sassuolo, picking up four victories and three draws between Serie A and B, including the 2009-10 promotion play-off semi-final.

Joel Obi turned a free header over the bar, wasting a good chance for Toro set up by Marco Benassi, in the opening stages.

Andrea Belotti fired off target from a Mirko Valdifiori long pass, then his acrobatic overhead kick whistled inches wide of the upright.

Iturbe came off the bench for his Torino debut just days after arriving from Roma on loan with option to buy, while Sassuolo fans celebrated as Domenico Berardi made his comeback from four months out. His last appearance was on August 28.

Belotti nodded an Iturbe cross over the bar and Alessandro Matri forced Joe Hart into a double save. Iago Falque’s free kick hit the side-netting and Antonino Ragusa’s right-foot curler whistled just wide.

With the last kick of the game, Sassuolo were unlucky to see Ragusa’s attempt smack against the crossbar on Berardi’s free kick.


Sassuolo: Consigli; Lirola, Letschert, Acerbi, Peluso; Aquilani, Sensi, Ragusa; Ricci (Matri 78), Defrel, Politano (Berardi 72)
Torino: Hart; Zappacosta, Rossettini, Moretti (Castan 84), Barreca; Benassi, Valdifiori, Obi (Baselli 79); Iago Falque, Belotti, Ljajic (Iturbe 68)
Ref: Irrati