Milan scores a trio of victories and puts Roma in crisis. Berardi makes Sassuolo fly


By John

Roma-Milan 1-2

Markers: 9’pt Giroud (rig), 3’st Leao, 47’st Spinazzola

Rome(3-5-2): Rui Patricio 6; Mancini 6 (34’st Pagano sv), Smalling 5.5, Llorente 6; Celik 4.5 (25’st Spinazzola 7), Cristante 6, Paredes 6 (25’st Bove 6), Aouar 5.5 (31’pt Pellegrini 5), Zalewski 5; El Shaarawy 6 (25’st Lukaku 6), Belotti 6.5. On the bench: Boer, Svilar, Karsdorp, Ndicka, Kristensen, Pisilli. Manager: Mourinho 5.5.

Milan (4-3-3): Maignan 6; Calabria 6, Thiaw 6.5, Tomori 4.5, Theo Hernandez 7; Loftus-Cheek 7 (20’st Kalulu 6.5), Krunic 6.5, Reijnders 6; Pulisic 6.5 (32’st Okafor sv), Giroud 7 (25’st Pobega 6), Leao 7.5 (32’st Chukwueze 6). On the bench: Sportiello, Mirante, Kjaer, Pellegrino, Florenzi, Adli, Romero, Musah Coach: Pioli 6.5. Referee: Rapuano from Rimini 6.

Note: clear evening, ground in good condition. At 16′ Tomori sent off for a double yellow card. Booked: Loftus-Cheek, Paredes, Lukaku, Okafor. Corners: 5-3 for Milan. Recovery: 4′ time, 6′ time.

Milan dominates Roma at the Olimpico for an hour, then suffers at the end but still makes it three out of three in this start to the championship. The Rossoneri won 2-1 thanks to the penalty kick Giroudalready the fourth goal of the season (three from the spot), and the first seal of Leaowhile Spinazzola’s goal from Rome was of little use in injury time: still good signs from Stefano Pioli’s team (ten men from the 60th minute due to Tomori’s red card), who once again played good football and continued their march with full points , while for men of Jose Mourinhonever really involved in the match except at the end and still too distracted in defense, this was the second knockout in a row on the day of the presentation and debut of Lukaku entered from the bench. A handful of minutes pass after the kick-off and the Rossoneri immediately find the first episode in favor of the match: Loftus-Cheek exchanges with Giroud and appears in front of Rui Patricio without managing to beat him, but between the goalkeeper and the English player there is it is a contact that does not escape the Var. Rapuano is called back and assigns the penalty which Giroud converts to make it 1-0 for the visitors. Pioli’s team continues to grind out the game and in the 22nd minute they even came close to doubling the lead with Pulisic, who pounced on Theo’s cross ahead of Zalewski, but this time with a great reflex Rui Patricio said no. The Giallorossi struggled to react and come out on top, so much so that before the break Maignan didn’t even have to get his gloves dirty. Upon returning from the changing rooms, Milan once again started better and in the 48th minute they took the lead at 2-0: Calabria moved to the right and put a nice cross in the centre, Leao passed in front of Celik and scored with a scissors kick, also hitting the post.

Mourinho’s team would need an episode to try to raise their heads and in fact, at the stroke of the hour, Tomori was sent off for a second yellow card which left the guests numerically inferior. A handful of minutes later the Giallorossi’s first shot on target also arrived El Shaarawy which soils Maignan’s gloves, while in the meantime Lukaku makes his debut with Roma, immediately trying a right-footed shot from the edge that ends high. In the final, the hosts tried everything to give themselves some hope, but the goal came in added time Spinazzola with a decisive deviation from Kalulu, it was of little use in the economy of the match.

Sassuolo-Verona 3-1

NETWORKS: 11’pt Pinamonti, 11’st Ngonge, 19’st, 28’st (rig) Berardi.
SASSUOLO (4-3-3): Tips 5.5; Toljan 6.5, Erlic 6.5, Tressoldi 6, Vina 5.5 (20’st Pedersen 6); Boloca 6, Matheus Henrique 6.5 Thorsvdet 6 (20’st Bajrami 6.5); Berardi 8 (33’st Ceide 6), Pinamonti 7 (33’st Mulattieri 6), Laurienté 7 (41’st Racic sv). On the bench: Pegolo, Cragno, Ferrari, Viti, Volpato, Lipani. Coach: Dionisi 7.
HELLAS VERONA (3-4-2-1): Montipò 6; Magnani 5, Dawidowicz 5.5, Coppola 5; Faraoni 5.5 (41’st Terracciano sv), Hongla 6 (35’pt Serdar 6), Duda 5.5 (32’st Djuric 6), Doig 5 (41’st Cabal sv); Folorounsho 4.5, Ngonge 6.5; Jordi Mboula 5 (1st Bonazzoli 6). On the bench: Berardi, Perilli, Amione, Siren Balde, Patanè, Cissè. Coach: Baroni 5.
REFEREE: Piccinini of Forlì 5.5.
NOTE: playing field in good condition. Booked: Boloca, Coppola, Magnani, Doig. Corners: 10-1 for Sassuolo. Recovery: 6’pt, 6’st.

Sassuolo smiles again. In the first advance of the third day of Serie A, Alessio Dionisi’s team found their first success of the season, finishing 3-1 against Hellas Verona: the real protagonist was Domenico Berardi, author of a brace, Pinamonti also scored. The return of the number 10 was enough to turn the lights back on and start scoring again.