SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 2 Sep 2018 (19.30 UK)
Sassuolo 5 - 3 Genoa
Piatek 27, 81 (G), Boateng 34 (S), Lirola 38 (S), Babacar 41 (S), Spolli og 45 (S), Ferrari 61 (S), Pandev 69 (G)
Mapei Stadium

Sassuolo fought back from a goal down to lead 5-1, but despite a late Genoa flurry, the Neroverdi won the eight-goal thriller.

The Neroverdi are emerging as a surprise package this season, as they beat Inter and then snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Cagliari through Kevin-Prince Boateng’s penalty. Marlon sat out a ban after his Serie A debut dismissal in Sardinia, with Federico Peluso and Francesco Magnanelli injured, so Khouma Babacar led the line. Genoa were still missing ex-Benevento midfielder Sandro.

The Grifone started aggressively, Andrea Consigli flying for a fingertip save on Darko Lazovic’s curler, then on the resulting corner a Krzysztof Piatek header was charged down.

Boateng ran on to a Berardi through ball and flashed his angled drive across the face of goal, but Genoa broke through with Poland international Piatek yet again.

Pol Lirola’s clearance was so clumsy it bounced off Piatek’s face, but the striker shook it off to place a snooker shot into the far bottom corner.

However, this sparked a furious Sassuolo comeback and they scored four goals in 11 minutes.

Boateng got the equaliser, running on to a smart Babacar back-heel flick to beat Federico Marchetti one-on-one.

Moments later, Marchetti beat away a Babacar scorcher and Lirola was there to tap in the rebound at the back post.

Ex-Lazio goalkeeper Marchetti performed a fine save to keep out the Boateng bicycle-kick, but again Sassuolo were quickest to react and Babacar met the rebound.

There was a comical own goal just before half-time, as Babacar sprung the offside trap on a Manuel Locatelli assist, drew out Marchetti and rolled the finish towards an empty net. It was going just wide, if not for Nicolas Spolli’s attempted goal-line clearance kicking it on to himself and into the goal.

Sassuolo added a fifth, as their first corner of the game found defender Gian Marco Ferrari totally unmarked for a free header from four yards.

Genoa were gifted a consolation goal, Goran Pandev taking full advantage of the misplaced Mauricio Lemos back-pass.

It still wasn’t over, as a pull-back found Piatek relatively unmarked from 10 yards and he took a touch to drill in for 5-3. Genoa didn’t give in and Oscar Hiljemark scuffed wide after more good work from Pandev.

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Sassuolo: Consigli; Lemos (Dell’Orco 90), Magnani, Ferrari; Lirola, Duncan, Locatelli, Rogerio; Berardi (Bourabia 57), Babacar (Boga 78), Boateng
Genoa: Marchetti; Biraschi, Spolli (Bessa 63), Zukanovic; Lazovic (Favilli 46), Romulo, Hiljemark, Criscito; Pandev; Kouamè (Dalmonte 67), Piatek
Ref: Rocchi