Sassuolo fired blanks again with Chievo, but both sides had plenty of chances at the Mapei Stadium.
Cristian Bucchi was under a lot of pressure after losing five of the opening seven rounds, and had to do without injured Claud Adjapong, Cristian Dell’Orco and Timo Letschert. The Flying Donkeys were fresh from a surprise win over Fiorentina, but Perparim Hetemaj missed out.
Sassuolo have not beaten Chievo since a 1-0 result at the Mapei Stadium in April 2015, followed by three draws and two consecutive defeats, home and away. However, both teams had been on target in all of those four meetings.
The Neroverdi almost scored in the first minute, Simone Missiroli’s header glancing inches wide of the upright. Stefano Sorrentino then spilled a Domenico Berardi shot and Alessandro Matri couldn’t make the most of it.
Berardi ran on to an Alfred Duncan through ball, but saw his finish parried by Sorrentino’s outstretched leg at the near stick.
Manuel Pucciarelli flashed an angled drive across the face of goal straight after the restart, then Sassuolo had the ball in the net, but Paolo Cannavaro was offside when he met Duncan’s assist from a corner.
Lucas Castro caused a lot of problems in the closing stages, as the Chievo talent first sent Mariusz Stepinski clear only for the finish to go off target, then he saw Andrea Consigli off his line and the lob was desperately fingertipped over the bar.
Diego Falcinelli nodded a Berardi corner over the bar and had timid penalty appeals waved away late on.
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