Sassuolo rode their luck – as Verona hit the woodwork four times – but Jeremie Boga and Domenico Berardi goals put them temporarily top of the table.
This was an intriguing showdown between two high-flying sides who insisted on attacking football despite small budgets. Hellas missed Marco Benassi, Darko Lazovic, Davide Faraoni, Koray Gunter, Massimo Lovato, Kevin Ruegg and Ronaldo Vieira. The Neroverdi had to do without Filippo Romagna, but Filip Djuricic returned from COVID.
Hellas Verona rattled the woodwork in the opening minutes with an Ivan Ilic scorcher from the edge of the area that thumped the near post.
Samuel Di Carmine’s header whistled just wide, but Federico Dimarco’s cross-shot took a wicked bend mid-air and bounced off the inside of the far post, the second time Verona had hit the woodwork.
Pawel Dawidowicz shaped himself up perfectly for a volley off the inside of the boot on a Mattia Zaccagni free kick, but Andrea Consigli flew to palm it over the bar.
There was more bad luck for Verona, as Nikola Kalinic pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Ebrima Colley.
It was Sassuolo who instead scored against the run of play with their first genuine opportunity. Jeremie Boga gathered a Domenico Berardi cross-field pass, took a touch and curled a right-footed gem into the far top corner.
The second half continued in much the same vein, with Verona pouring forward and not taking their chances, particularly with Adrien Tameze.
They were again made to pay for it, as Sassuolo looked increasingly comfortable and doubled their lead when Berardi’s strike took a slight deflection to wrong-foot Marco Silvestri and dip under the bar.
Nobody could accuse Verona of getting the rub of the green today, as they hit the frame of the goal for the third time with a Miguel Veloso free kick.
Just to add insult to injury, Consigli punched away a Dimarco free kick in stoppages and Zaccagni’s volley hit the crossbar.
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