Jeremie Boga was the star man as Sassuolo fought back from a goal down to beat Torino 2-1 with his stunning solo effort and an assist for Domenico Berardi.
The Neroverdi had slipped to only four points off the relegation zone after three consecutive defeats, but there was a boost with news Domenico Berardi’s two-match ban was halved on appeal, even though Alfred Duncan, Marlon, Alessandro Tripaldelli, Gregoire Defrel and Vlad Chiriches were ruled out. Toro missed Simone Zaza and Cristian Ansaldi, with Kevin Bonifazi on the verge of a transfer to SPAL.
Jeremie Boga had a bright start, his counter-attack deflected just wide, while Sasa Lukic risked an own goal on another Boga run.
However, as is often the case, Sassuolo conceded the opening goal. A Simone Verdi corner was taken short to the edge of the box, where Tomas Rincon swung his right boot at it, beating Andrea Consigli and the failed Manuel Locatelli attempt at a goal-line clearance.
It was almost 2-0 moments later, Andrea Belotti’s ferocious string stinging Consigli’s gloves from a tight angle. Koffi Djidji got a decisive block on Berardi’s chest and volley on the turn, while Andrea Belotti curled inches wide with his left boot after a sensational back-heel flick to get away from his marker.
Ciccio Caputo was denied from point-blank range by Salvatore Sirigu, then Armando Izzo nodded in at the back post, but only after the cross had floated out of bounds.
It really should’ve been 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, but Simone Verdi wasted it by attempting an acrobatic scissor-kick volley from seven yards and missing the Belotti cross entirely when he was undisturbed.
After the restart, Belotti’s diving header turned a Verdi corner just wide, but Sassuolo equalised in truly spectacular fashion.
Jeremie Boga did it all himself, gathering from 25 metres out, nutmegging Rincon and immediately hitting a right-foot rocket into the far top corner. It was unstoppable from the former Chelsea man.
Suddenly, the momentum was all with Sassuolo, as yet again Torino fell away in the final half-hour. Sirigu got down to palm a Locatelli strike round the post and it felt inevitable when the hosts turned the game around completely.
Boga was involved again, running down the left and pulling back from the by-line for Berardi to fire in relatively unmarked from nine yards.
Vincenzo Millico came off the bench and proved precisely why so many at Torino want the youth team striker to get more playing time, as within six minutes his right-foot curler from just inside the box had left Consigli stranded to bounce off the top of the crossbar.
Toro wasted another good opportunity, Diego Laxalt’s header off target.
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