MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 08:16:07
Sep 21, 2018 at 7.30pm UK at ​MAPEI Stadium - Città del Tricolore (Reggio nell'Emilia)
SassuoloSassuolo
3-1
Empoli
Boateng (13'), Ferrari (57'), Di Francesco (85')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Caputo (1')
Zajc (71')

Result: Di Francesco stars as Sassuolo bounce back to beat Empoli

The visitors had taken the lead after just 18 seconds.

Federico Di Francesco scored one and set up two as Sassuolo recovered from conceding after just 18 seconds to beat Empoli 3-1 in Serie A.

Francesco Caputo's early strike counted for little as Di Francesco set up goals for Kevin-Prince Boateng and Gianmarco Ferrari before finding the net himself after Empoli's Miha Zajc was shown a second yellow card for diving with 19 minutes left.

It was an impressive display from Di Francesco, who was the player spat at by Juventus' Douglas Costa last week which led to the Italian rejecting reports he had racially abused Costa in the moments leading up to the offence.

The game started well for Empoli, with Stefano Sensi being caught in possession before Leonardo Capezzi squared for Caputo to score.

But 12 minutes later Sassuolo were level, with Di Francesco teeing up Boateng to slot home a third goal in four games.

Di Francesco flicked on Domenico Berardi's 57th-minute corner for Ferrari to head the hosts into the lead and the winger finished the scoring with five minutes left courtesy of a clever back-heel flick

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus1615103382546
2Napoli16122233141938
3Inter Milan16102428131532
4AC Milan167632418627
5Lazio167452219325
6Atalanta BCAtalanta1673630201024
7Roma166642922724
8SassuoloSassuolo166642622424
9Sampdoria166552519623
10Fiorentina165742417722
11Torino165741917222
12Parma166371621-521
13CagliariCagliari163851520-517
14Genoa164482233-1116
15SPALSPAL164481424-1016
16Empoli164482029-916
17Udinese163491322-913
18Bologna162681324-1112
19FrosinoneFrosinone1615101135-248
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo160791232-204

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