Newly-promoted Frosinone proved their Serie A credentials with an outrageous 4-2 home win over long-term top-flight tenants Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon. The hosts battled back from a 2-0 deficit to post an incredible victory.
After delivering a mixed bag of performance in the opening three Serie A rounds (W1, D1, L1), Frosinone thought home comforts would tilt the scales in their favor against Sassuolo. But Alessio Dionisi’s side came into proceedings buzzing from a 3-1 home triumph over Hellas Verona on the stroke of September’s international break.
Sassuolo still had a point to prove after losing their opening two league games ‘to nil,’ and Andrea Pinamonti fired them to a sterling start. The Italian striker timed his run to perfection to break one-on-one with the keeper and finish with aplomb in the seventh minute. The same player doubled the visitors’ lead midway through the first half with an outstanding first-time shot.
Dionisi’s men were close to entering the break with a comfortable two-goal cushion. It wasn’t meant to be. Frosinone earned a penalty right before halftime, with Walid Cheddira beating Alessio Cragno from the spot. His goal gave the hosts everything to play for in the second half.
Although Eusebio Di Franscesco’s men had to wait until the 70th minute to restore parity, Frosinone captain Luca Mazzietelli made their patience worthwhile. The midfielder hit Matias Soule’s corner-kick delivery first time from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, scoring one of the best goals you’ll see in Serie A this weekend.
It wasn’t the end of the drama at the Stadio Benito Stirpe as Mazzitelli turned on a ‘hero mode’ to complete the turnaround with another nifty finish. Former Sassuolo man Pol Lirola sealed the deal with a stoppage-time goal, throwing Dionisi’s future at the Mapei Stadium into doubt.
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