Domenico Berardi ended his 10-game goal drought to give Sassuolo a 1-1 draw against revived Torino.
Walter Mazzarri got off to the ideal start, winning his Granata debut 3-0 against Bologna, but visited a Sassuolo side that had also been revitalised by their change of management to Beppe Iachini. Andrea Belotti, Simone Edera and Lyanco were on the treatment table, though Adem Ljajic was back in the squad.
Sassuolo have never beaten Torino at the Mapei Stadium, yet got the better of the Granata four times in Turin.
Salvatore Sirigu had his gloves stung by a Diego Falcinelli strike, but Toro took the lead when an Alex Berenguer free kick was deflected by Francesco Acerbi into the path of Joel Obi, drilling home from 12 yards.
Sirigu was again called upon for a fingertip save on Domenico Berardi and to parry Antonino Ragusa’s attempt at the near post.
Sassuolo got their deserved equaliser with Berardi ending a 10-rounds goal drought. He cut inside on to his right foot and bent the fine finish into the far corner.
Alessandro Matri should’ve turned it around, but only scuffed at the back post on a corner. Sassuolo started to dominate as the game wore on, as first Federico Peluso hit the woodwork with Sirigu beaten, then Matri’s angled drive scraped the far post.
Iago Falque’s left-foot curler skimmed the woodwork, but neither side could get the winner.
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