Sassuolo pounced on a defensive error after 45 seconds and saw a late penalty saved in this chaotic victory away to SPAL.
Neither side was on good form going in to the Stadio Mazza and points were sorely-needed. Alex Meret and Alberto Grassi were missing for the hosts, while Claud Adjapong, Edoardo Goldaniga, Cristian Dell’Orco and Timo Letschert didn’t make the trip.
It was a disastrous start to the game for SPAL, as Francesco Vicari was caught in possession within 45 seconds, allowing Matteo Politano to run towards goal and beat Alfred Gomis relatively undisturbed.
Domenico Berardi should’ve made it 2-0, but incredibly came sliding in from six yards only to turn Alfred Duncan’s assist wide.
Duncan was dominant in midfield, but went down injured straight after the restart, making way for Stefano Sensi.
SPAL almost equalised, but Mirco Antenucci’s strike from the edge of the box on a long pass bounced off the upright.
Just as the hosts were pushing hardest, Vaisanen’s extremely clumsy tackle took down Antonino Ragusa for a penalty. However, Berardi’s spot-kick was parried by Gomis to keep the game open.
Sassuolo introduced youngster Cassata for his Serie A debut and within three minutes he’d been sent off for a straight red card, completely mistiming his tackle on Andrea Lazzari.
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Saved penalty: Berardi 83 (Sa)
Sent off: Cassata 90 (Sa)