Witness the complete replay and highlights of the Sassuolo vs AS Roma match showdown. It’s a thrilling clash from the 2023/2024 Italy Serie A, Matchday 14. The action kicks off at 17:00 GMT on Sunday, December 3, 2023. The referee for this epic battle is Matteo Marcenaro from Italy. The players will clash at the MAPEI Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia.
Sassuolo vs AS Roma Full Match Reports
Roma’s savior emerged in the form of super-sub Rasmus Kristensen, orchestrating a remarkable late comeback against a ten-man Sassuolo. The Danish dynamo played a pivotal role in both of Roma’s goals, winning a penalty and unleashing a deflected strike in their thrilling 2-1 triumph.
The first half witnessed a lack of offensive fireworks from both sides, with only Paulo Dybala’s saved shot providing any notable action in the initial 20 minutes. Sassuolo’s Andrea Pinamoni and Domenico Berardi missed their chances, but Berardi’s scuffed shot unintentionally turned into a precise pass for Matheus Henrique, who capitalized from close range.
This setback added frustration for the already irked José Mourinho, discontented after Roma’s draw with Servette in the UEFA Europa League. Dybala attempted to level the score with a curling effort superbly parried by Andrea Consigli, while Kristian Throstvedt’s strike was saved as the hosts sought to extend their lead.
Roma, cognizant of their meager nine away league goals this season, had to capitalize on chances, yet Romelu Lukaku squandered a golden opportunity after halftime. Sassuolo’s task became even more daunting with Daniel Boloca’s red card, upgraded by VAR for a reckless challenge on Leandro Paredes.
Despite Sassuolo’s resilient defense, Roma struggled to break through until Kristensen earned a penalty, tripped by Martin Erlic. Dybala calmly slotted home the equalizer from the spot. Shortly after, Kristensen unleashed a shot into the box, deflecting massively and eluding everyone before finding the back of the net.
This demoralized Sassuolo, and Uros Racic missed their best chance for a 2-2 draw, extending their home winless streak to five games and Serie A matches without a clean sheet to 22. In contrast, Roma, who hadn’t won at the Mapei Stadium in their previous five attempts, secured their sixth victory in the last eight top-flight fixtures.
Paulo Dybala rightfully earned the Man of the Match accolade for his influential role in Roma’s comeback.