Domenico Berardi’s goal proved the only difference between Sassuolo and Empoli in today’s pre-season friendly.
Berardi was lively from the start with several chances, but was alert to pounce on a misplaced back-pass to break the deadlock after 26 minutes.
Alberto Brignoli’s saves prevented Berardi adding to his tally, while Francesco Caputo and Leo Stulac tested the Neroverdi goalkeeper.
Alfred Duncan fired over from a promising position, but summer signing Jeremy Toljan put in an impressive performance with a series of dangerous crosses.
Sassuolo: Consigli (Pegolo 70); Toljan, Marlon (Gravillon 46), Ferrari (Peluso 70), Rogerio (Sala 87); Duncan (Traorè 60), Magnanelli (Obiang 46), Locatelli (Mazzitelli 70); Berardi (Kolaj 76), Caputo (Matri 70), Pierini (Brignola 46)