Football: Irrepressible Sassuolo hit back from 3-1 down to beat Bologna

Football: Irrepressible Sassuolo hit back from 3-1 down to beat Bologna

Bologna's Nicolas Domínguez, right, and Sassuolo's Filip Djuricic
Bologna's Nicolas Domínguez (right) and Sassuolo's Filip Djuricic, vie for the ball during the Serie A football match between Bologna and Sassuolo at the Renato Dall'Ara Stadium in Bologna, Italy, on Oct 18, 2020. (Photo: Filippo Rubin/LaPresse via AP)

BOLOGNA: Irrepressible Sassuolo scored three goals in 13 minutes as they charged back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at Bologna in their Serie A derby on Sunday, moving up to second place in the league and remaining unbeaten so far.

An own goal by Takehiro Tomiyasu settled a see-saw match as Sassuolo scored four for the third game in a row. The Serie A dark horses now have 10 points from four games and sit proudly above teams such as Napoli, Juventus and Inter Milan.

AC Milan lead the table with a maximum 12 points.

Roberto Soriano gave Bologna a ninth minute lead when he finished off a flowing passing move, but Domenico Berardi curled in an equaliser nine minutes later after being allowed too much space on the edge of the area.

Mattias Svanberg put Bologna back in front six minutes before the break from Rodrigo Palacio's through ball, and Riccardo Orsolini dispossessed Manuel Locatelli to score their third on the hour.

Filip Djuricic began the fight back four minutes later, exchanging passes with Francesco Caputo before scoring from a narrow angle.

Then Caputo, who scored on his Italy debut at the age of 33 earlier this month, headed Sassuolo level in the 70th minute after Palacio miskicked an attempted clearance from a corner.

The momentum was now with Sassuolo and they won the match seven minutes later when the hapless Tomiyasu attempted to intercept a cross and turned the ball into his own goal from six metres. Bologna have three points from four games.

The goals continued to flow in two later matches.

Torino slumped to their third straight defeat when they lost 3-2 at home to Cagliari despite taking a fourth minute lead with an Andrea Belotti penalty.

Joao Pedro levelled from close range and Giovanni Simeone took advantage of poor defending to put the Sardinians 2-1 ahead inside 20 minutes.

Belotti levelled with an opportunist goal after the re-start but Simeone gave Cagliari their first win of the season when he scored from close range in the 73rd minute after a mistake by Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina were held 2-2 at promoted Spezia despite scoring twice in the opening five minutes.

German Pezzella headed them in front for a corner and Cristiano Biraghi doubled their lead from Pol Lirola's cross.

Daniele Verde pulled one back before halftime and Diego Farias levelled in the 75th minute after Fiorentina failed to clear a corner.

Source: Reuters

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