Equal valuable on the Sassuolo field. Eurogol by Keita Baldè and penalty by Joao Pedro
SENT TO REGGIO EMILIA. Cagliari awakening signals. A point that interrupts the free fall, transmits confidence to a team that yesterday played with the determination that on other occasions it did not have. Sassuolo was a tough, complicated opponent, but the rossoblùs have always been inside the game, recovering the disadvantage twice, putting on the field character, the desire to show that they are worth much more than the last place in the standings, now shared with Salernitana, the next opponent. The performance was there, even if there was no lack of the usual mistakes (especially on the occasion of the two goals), paid dearly. There was progress in terms of the game, the movement of the ball was more fluid and the insertions from behind constant. The defense more protected by the midfield and the pressing started from the attackers. The other positive fact is that the team has almost never lost the distance between the departments, has used the lanes and has found in Bellanova a player who is proving to deserve the trust that the coach is giving him. The point is yes, as they say, a lukewarm broth, but it is important for how it was conquered. It will certainly give new life and self-esteem to a group that yesterday knew they could not make mistakes. Salernitana will arrive at Unipol Domus on Friday. The opportunity to return to victory if you want to finally turn around and look to the future with more optimism.
Announcements. Bellanova, Grassi and Keita Baldè are the new faces in the formation that Mazzari chooses to challenge Sassuolo. The first plays in front of Zappa (after 15 ‘passes to the left) with whom he forms the right chain. The second joins Nandez in the middle of the field (the Uruguayan will move to the left almost immediately), while the Senegalese reassembles the attacking couple with Joao Pedro, who has been talked about a lot this week for a possible call-up to the blue jersey. It is played with 4-4-2 which is initially a 4-3-3. Sassuolo responds with Scamacca at the end of the attack, behind him the “trident” Berardi-Raspadori-Traore.
Chess. It is a very tactical match. On the other hand, it could not be otherwise with two coaches who ask for a high pressing, constant double marking, insertions without the ball. Frattesi is the one who attacks best of all spaces and creates some problems in the defense of Cagliari. Sassuolo does not give points of reference, the players in the green and black jersey continually exchange positions, creating openings for insertions from behind. The rossoblùs risk something, they have a less fluid circulation of the ball than their opponents. As the minutes go by, the Emilians gain the field, take control of the game. Nandez now remains firmly wide on the right, Marin and Grassi form the midfield hinge. Cagliari is less shy and is close to scoring.
Eurogol. Three minutes of fire in the end of the first half. Scamacca unlocks it by taking advantage of a late closure in the condominium between Ceppitelli and Carboni, but the joy of Sassuolo does not last long. Keita takes care of putting things back in place with a semi-reverse that slips under the crossbar. A goal of applause propitiated by a play by Nandez who in the right lane creates upheavals in the opponent’s defensive web. The Quattro Mori are in the midst of the game, they bring that ferocity invoked by their helmsman. Cragno is overcome when he replies a great conclusion from Defrel.
Question and answer. Lykogiannis really does it when, after a few minutes of the second half, he gets caught behind by Frattesi and then finds nothing better than to knock him out in the area. Sacrosanct rigor, Berardi transforms him. The usual naivety of a player who fails to grow breads the defensive phase and commits unforgivable lightness. But Cagliari remedies immediately and again with a penalty. Frattesi extends Joao who then takes charge of beating the penalty with the usual coldness. Advice on the one hand, ball on the other. In the final several substitutions. Cagliari tries to win the game and comes close twice. It ends in a draw. The rossoblùs interrupt the free fall and collect the second point away from the season. Small signs of recovery that still bode well.
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