It was another heartbreaking stoppage-time collapse for Benevento, as Sassuolo missed a penalty and won with Federico Peluso.
This was a massive relegation dogfight between two of the bottom four, as the hosts were still propping up the table without a single point and the Neroverdi had only eight. There were positive signs for the Streghe, as Amato Ciciretti’s free kick had given them the lead away to Juventus before the break for international duty. Pietro Iemmello was out injured against his former club, with Fabio Lucioni still banned after failing a doping test, while Sassuolo welcomed back Claud Adjapong, but were still missing Alfred Duncan and Timo Letschert.
Domenico Berardi was not 100 per cent fit and only ready for a place on the bench.
Andrea Consigli bravely flung himself at the feet of Samuel Armenteros on a corner in the opening minutes, while Matteo Politano drilled just wide after robbing Andrea Costa.
Sassuolo wasted a sitter on the stroke of half-time, as Politano’s free kick was turned across the face of goal only for Antonino Ragusa to somehow fire over from point-blank range.
The Neroverdi missed another incredible opportunity at the dawn of the second half, as Ragusa was sent clear on goal only to drill well wide from 14 yards.
Sassuolo eventually did convert an absolute gift from the Benevento goalkeeper, as Alberto Brignoli was under pressure on a back-pass, intercepted by Simone Missiroli to roll across for Matri to deposit into an empty net.
Benevento fought back with passion, but Consigli performed heroics on Raman Chibsah and Samuel Armenteros. The siege eventually paid off when a corner found Consigli’s save on a header, Ciciretti’s cross-shot was then deflected in off Swedish-Cuban striker Armenteros for his debut Serie A goal.
The celebrations didn’t last long, as moments later Benevento went down to 10 men for Gaetano Letizia’s shirt-tug on Ragusa, a second bookable offence.
Brignoli held out with an acrobatic save on Matri’s header from a corner, then Benevento conceded yet another stoppage-time penalty, this one for Costa’s foolish handling offence on a Marcello Gazzola cross. Substitute Berardi stepped up and it was clear he was carrying an injury, as he blasted it on to the bar.
Benevento thought their luck was finally in for their first point of the season, but didn’t count on Federico Peluso’s header from a Berardi corner.
Sent off: Letizia 67 (B)
Missed pen: Berardi 92 (S)