SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 5 - 23 Oct 2020 (19.45 UK)
Sassuolo 3 - 3 Torino
Linetty 32 (T), Djuricic 71 (S), Belotti 76 (T), Lukic 79 (T), Chiriches 84 (S), Caputo 85 (S)
Mapei Stadium

Francesco Caputo saved a point for Sassuolo, who threatened to turn another game around at the death, but Torino held on to draw 3-3 in a thriller finish to a foggy affair at the Mapei Stadium.

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Four goals in nine minutes made for a dramatic ending to Friday night’s match in Sassuolo, as the home side bounced back from going down 1-3 in the 79th minute.

Karol Linetty gave Torino the lead in the thick fog at Sassuolo, as the Granata grew into the match at the Mapei Stadium.

It started as a comfortable evening for the Neroverdi, who controlled the ball and looked the biggest threat going forward.

But Sassuolo couldn’t find a way into the box as the thick fog made it a difficult experience for the spectators.

Torino had the biggest chance through Simone Verdi after 10 minutes, when he was played through one-on-one with Consigli, but his attempted dink was blocked by the goalkeeper’s right foot.

Another attempt on half-volley from Meite a few minutes later was again stopped by the Sassuolo goalkeeper.

Sassuolo eventually tested Salvatore Sirigu in the Granata goal, but Domenico Berardi’s effort from far out. It didn’t seem like the fog was disturbing the goalkeepers, but the goal line technology was not in place this evening.

Torino broke the deadlock when Linetty tapped in a Vojvoda cross, as Verdi fell over and the former Sampdoria midfielder could tap in from six yards after 32 minutes.

The fog lifted in the second half and Jeremie Boga was introduced for his first appearance of the season, and the Ivorian was heavily involved going forward for the Neroverdi.

Chances at both ends were squandered and Consigli continued to make life hard for the likes of Belotti and Verdi, stopping them at the line.

But it was Djuricic who made it even in Emilia-Romagna, and what a finish it was from the Serbian. A back-heeled conclusion tricked Sirigu in the goal and levelled the affair.

Vlad Chiriches then tried to clear a long ball but couldn’t get it further than on Belotti’s chest. The Sassuolo players were calling for handball, but the Italy international made no mistakes, fooled one man and this time Consigli couldn’t stop the notorious goalscorer.

Boga went down in the area at the other end, calling for a spot kick, but Torino quickly countered, and the ball ended up at Lukic’s feet.

He fired from just inside the area and found the bottom corner with a magnificent finish, Torino were up 3-1 within minutes after taking the lead.

But Sassuolo didn’t lie down. Roberto De Zerbi was furious in the technical area and spurred his men on for another comeback.

First, it was Chiriches who fired a missile from long-range and a goal of the season candidate! Top corner from the defender who had made an error at the other end.

Then, the fourth goal in nine minutes from none other than Francesco Caputo, who won a header from six yards and equalised. Torino wanted a handball, the referee went to VAR, but the goal stands.

Sassuolo went for the three points and a full turnaround at the death, but the seven minutes of stoppages couldn’t help them.

Torino picked up their first point of the season, but they were winning with six minutes of normal time left. Sassuolo bounced back in a dramatic finish but couldn’t do enough to secure another win.

The Neroverdi are still unbeaten after five Serie A games in 2020-21.

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Sassuolo: Consigli; Ayhan (Boga 61), Chiriches, Ferrari, Kryiakopoulos (Rogerio 74); Locatelli, Lopez (Muldur 62; Berardi, Raspadori (Bourabia 62), Duricic (Traore 96); Caputo
Torino: Sirigu; Vojvoda (Singo 62), Bremer, Lyanco, Rodriguez (Ansaldi 89); Meite, Rincon (Segre 89), Linetty; Lukic; Verdi (Nkoulou 74), Belotti
Ref: Marco Guida