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Matchday 6: Sassuolo 1 – 0 Udinese
- Updated: September 25, 2016
A dramatic conclusion cancelled out what was otherwise a dull match.
Sassuolo continue to improve without Domenico Berardi and showed signs of renewed cohesion, however their missing winger’s presence was felt against Udinese.
Di Francesco’s Neroverdi could have put this game to bed much earlier, but they simply stopped playing after Defrel’s first half opener.
Most of the match was played in Udinese half until the very end, and it wasn’t until near the conclusion of the first half that Andrea Consigli was even tested. However in the late stages of the second half, Consigli came under heavy fire.
After Thereau was subbed off for Ewandro, things got dicey for the Sassuolo backline. In the 89th minute, Udinese hit the crossbar twice in quick succession but were unable to find the back of the net.
Then in the 92nd minute, Heurtaux smashed the ball into the roof of the net, but the goal was called off due to a foul in the buildup play. Udinese were furious after coming close to scoring a late equalizer three times.
Sassuolo: Consigli; Lirola, Antei, Acerbi, Peluso; Biondini, Magnanelli, Mazzitelli (Pellegrini 66); Politano, Defrel (Iemmello 80), Ragusa (Ricci 64)
Udinese: Karnezis; Heurtaux, Danilo, Felipe, Adnan; Jankto, Kums, Kone; De Paul (Duvan Zapata 38), Thereau (Ewandro 75), Penaranda (Perica 61)