Fiorentina-Sassuolo 2-1, goals from Saponara and González

The Italian team got the better of the neroverdi only in the final from a penalty, in a very balanced match and reached 23 points

There Fiorentina imposes itself 2-1 on the Franchi against Sassuolo and returns to success after a draw with Monza. The Italian team got the better of the neroverdi only in the final from a penalty in a very balanced match and went to 23 points, while Dionisi’s team made up for one more knockout, after the one at the beginning of the year with Sampdoria, and stayed put to 16 points.

In the 3′ the first shot towards goal from Sassuolo arrives, Laurienté widens for Berardi who rebounds but the ball goes high. A minute later Fiorentina responds with Bonaventura who goes off to Rogerio on the outside and puts a low ball in the middle but Consigli anticipates Kouamé and avoids the goal. Sassuolo again protagonist in the 18th minute: Frattesi steals the ball from Duncan on the edge of the Fiorentina area, moves the ball to the right and kicks to cross from the edge but Terracciano deflects it for a corner. On 28′ Berardi resists Bianco and serves into space for Pinamonti who tries to shoot first with his right foot, but finds excellent opposition again from Terracciano on the way out.

At the start of the second half, Viola took the lead. In the 48th minute Biraghi crosses for Kouamé who tries to hit the bank for Bonaventura. Ferrari anticipates it, but in an attempt to postpone it, he provides an assist for Saponara who counterbalances the 1-0. The Neroverdi’s reaction was immediate and in the 57th minute Berardi equalized with Berardi converting the penalty awarded by referee Manganiello after the check by the Var for a hand ball by Dodò, and crossing the finish displacing Terracciano for the 1-1. In the 62nd minute another check by the Var for an alleged touch of the hand by Kouamé in the purple area but this time the match director continues.

In the 66th minute Kouame’ was close to scoring: the number 99 headed the bank for Bonaventura, who returned the ball to him in space, the attacker controlled and kicked at the near post, finding only the outside of the net. Sassuolo saves itself in the 74th minute, Consigli goes empty and misses the ball with his fist. Saponara hits a sure blow with his head, but Ferrari sweeps away. The pressure of the Viola rises and Sassuolo is increasingly in difficulty. In the 86th minute Saponara crossed at the far post for the Argentinian Gonzalez who headed undisturbed but Consigli was careful. In the 91st minute Fiorentina took the lead again: thanks to Nico González who displaces Consigli from a penalty for the final 2-1 on a penalty awarded after a long consultation with the Var who finally punishes Tressoldi’s handball on the Terzic.