Serie A Week 16 - 16 Dec 2018 (14.00 UK)
0 - 2 Sassuolo
Ariaudo og 44 (S), Berardi 58 (S)
Stadio Comunale Matusa

Frosinone poured forward for an hour, but ultimately Sassuolo were more clinical and converted their chances to take the victory.

The Canarini were struggling to stay afloat, losing Luca Paganini, Federico Dionisi and Emil Hallfredsson to long-term injury lay-offs. As for the Neroverdi, they were still smarting after fumbling a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Fiorentina last week, meaning they’d won just once in nine rounds. Filip Djuricic was sent off in that game and started a two-match ban, while Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jeremie Boga and Claud Adjapong were still injured.

Sassuolo had never lost to Frosinone, managing five wins and three draws between Serie A and B.

Camillo Ciano’s free kick whipped inches wide of the near post, then Daniel Ciofani’s glancing header forced Andrea Consigli to get down for a tricky save on the line.

Frosinone started to pin the visitors back with Consigli at full stretch to push Raffaele Maiello’s rising strike out from under the bar.

However, just as Sassuolo were being pinned back into their own half, they took the lead against the run of play. Alfred Duncan dribbled to the by-line and pulled back, the ball taking a big deflection off Lorenzo Ariaudo to squirm in at the near post.

Sassuolo doubled their advantage, as more poor defending left Berardi totally unmarked just inside the penalty area and he took it well, curling left-footed into the far top corner.

It was very nearly 3-0, as Stefano Sensi only clipped the crossbar on another Duncan assist. Frosinone introduced Andrea Pinamonti, whose shot was palmed round the post, but ultimately Sassuolo were far more clinical than their opponents.

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: Sportiello; Goldaniga, Ariaudo, Capuano (Cassata 46); Zampano, Chibsah (Pinamonti 64), Maiello, Beghetto; Ciano, Campbell (Soddimo 63); D Ciofani
Sassuolo: Consigli; Lirola, Marlon, Ferrari, Rogerio; Sensi (Bourabia 75), Locatelli, Duncan; Berardi, Babacar (Brignola 80), Di Francesco (Magnani 88)
Ref: Abbattista