Di Francesco and the blackgreen already knew that it would not be an easy match, but the defeat with Roma is the same painful. After a lively start by the yellowred, Sassuolo has taken measures to Gervinho and co. and even became dangerous near De Sanctis (Roma’s goalkeeper). Missiroli’s inattention, ball robbed by a furious Nainggolan and goal by Destro, is the first signal: you can’t distract even a second with certain teams. Sassuolo doesn’t surrender, and like most of the time a single episode (doesn’t) change the game. Penalty first denied, then granted and then refused to Sansone by referee Rizzoli, is the “sliding door” that doesn’t open, marks the game and probably decides Sassuolo’s retrocession.
Beyond the episode, five minutes stoppage of play are incredible. Sassuolo come out of this confusion better than Roma, worried about next game on Wednesday, focused on managing the match, always on the edge. In the second half Pegolo and De Sanctis are rarely engaged, even though Sassuolo push and play with four forwards much of the time. At the end of six minutes extra time Mendes, one of the best for Sassuolo, imitate Missiroli at worst; Portuguese defender falls asleep, Taddei steals the ball and pass to Totti, from Totti to Bastos who can celebrate his first gol in serie A. Again, Sassuolo is condemned by individual errors: carelessness paid dearly that compromises almost definitely Sassuolo’s permanence in serie A.
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