Reggio Emilia, ends 2-2: under two goals, Sassuolo touches the big shot In the final, the Var cancels the goal that would have sanctioned a sensational overtaking
Sassuolo and Napoli share the spoils, the neroverdi draw 2 to 2 with the Azzurri who confirm themselves first in the standings: +1 over Milan and + 2 over Inter. Without Anguissa and Osimhen the blues lose in centimeters, but not in authority. Lobotka and Mertens keep the quality high, orienting a positive result that was almost a victory. Dionisi’s Emilians after the goals from Fabian and Mertens recover first with Scamacca, and then with Ferrari almost on the gong (89 ‘). Sassuolo seemed bent on the double advantage but were able to take advantage of a physical collapse produced by the muscular problems of Insigne, Fabian and even Koulibaly.
Rather balanced first half. The Azzurri settle down with Lobotka – still preferred to Demme after the good match against Lazio – in the role of playmaker and Ruiz freer to act and sink. Insigne is the playmaker only on paper but in fact confirms his propensity to support the entire left lane. An element that allows him to resort to the counter-attack as it happens in the 26th minute: tip-off shot and advice that comes to us with the fingernails. The blues repeat at 32 ‘: Di Lorenzo, who outclasses Raspadori, for Lozano able to cross for the inside where Rogerio commits almost an own goal, were it not for the promptness of his goalkeeper.
10 ‘pass and Ferrari benefits from a “bell tower” by stopping the ball and kicking with his left from the spot: Ospina is awake. Spalletti changes in the second half Insigne in pain for Elmas. The goal, however, comes from the other side (51 ‘), from the right, with Mertens stealing the ball for Zielinski then Fabian ready to hit with his left under the legs of Chiriches. The Pole repeats and repeats the assist 10 ‘later with a calibrated ball for Mertens who crosses with his right neck. Minute 65: Petagna and Politano enter for Mertens and Fabian who accuses the adductor of a nuisance. The Emilians do not give up and manage to approach (71 ‘) with Scamacca: stop in the chest and right on the fly under the crossbar. Then Ferrari establishes the tie in acrobatics. Spalletti expelled for protests. Defrel also scores in extra time for an advantage that would have been sensational, but the goal was canceled due to a foul by Berardi. The Azzurri have Atalanta at home on Saturday, Sassuolo go to La Spezia. –