Sassuolo-Spezia 1-0: Berardi from a penalty, fourth consecutive win for the neroverdi
The positive momentum of Sassuolo continues, beating La Spezia 1-0 and conquering the fourth consecutive victory. It was Berardi who decided the match in the second half from a penalty, with Dionisi's men good at coming out from a distance. Lively start, but opportunities are lacking. After a first half hour of substantial balance, it was the neroverdi who came close to taking the lead in the 33rd minute when Berardi released his left foot from the edge of the area and went for a shot, with the ball hitting the crossbar. A few moments later, number 10 tries again from outside but his left foot goes wide. A few moments before the break, Thorstvedt puts in a perfect ball from the right for Henrique who enters and hits a sure-footed header, Dragowski is amazing in the rebound.
In the second half, the Emilians returned to the field better and after just 15 seconds Dragowski had to fly to stop a right-footed shot from Rogerio's distance. The turning point in the match came in the 24th minute, when Amian committed a hand ball in the area which, after being reviewed by the Var, was punished by Ghersini with a penalty. Berardi appears from the spot and signs the 1-0 despite Dragowski's touch.
Two minutes later, the newcomer Frattesi enters the area after a decisive percussion but shoots high from a good position. Only the hosts were on the pitch and Harroui almost hit the post in the 35th minute with a nice right-footed shot from outside. In full recovery, Consigli makes a great save on Caldara but the action was marred by an initial hand ball. It will be the Ligurians' only chance in the second half. Sassuolo climbs to ninth place and two points away from the Conference League area. Spezia remains fourth last at +5 on the relegation zone.
Sassuolo-Spezia 1-0 (0-0).
Sassuolo (4-3-3) Consigli, Toljan, Erlic, Ferrari, Rogerio, Thorstvedt (13' st Frattesi), M. Lopez, Henrique (30' st Harroui), Berardi (41' st Marchizza), Pinamonti (30' st Defrel), Luarientè (30' st Bajrami).. All.: Dionisi.
Spice (4-3-3) Dragowski, Amian, Caldara, Ampadu, Nikolau, Bourabia (35' st Verde), Ekdal (20' st Esposito), Agudelo (30' st Cipot), Gyasi (35' st Shomurodov), Nzola, Maldini (21' st Zurkowski ).. All.: Simple.
Referee: Ghersini of Genoa
Net: in the st 26' Berardi from a penalty.
Corners: 3 to 3.
Recovery: 1' and 6'.
Ammonite yourself: Nzola for foul play, Amian for non-regulatory behaviour.
Spectators: 11,152 payers, proceeds of 89,102 euros.