There was no separating Sassuolo and Torino in Wednesday evening’s solitary Serie A fixture as they played to an entertaining 1-1 draw in Reggio Emilia.
Sassuolo 1 Torino 1
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Despite a lack of regular goalmouth action, the first half offered up two goals for supporters.
Andrea Belotti fired Torino in front after 22 minutes, only for Francesco Acerbi to restore parity in the 40th minute of play.
The scoreline remained unchanged in the second stanza, though, as neither side managed to find the all-important breakthrough despite creating more than enough chances to do so.
The Serie A encounter started at a cautious tempo, with goal-scoring chances few and far between in the opening 20 minutes of play.
The only chance of note in the opening spell arrived on nine minutes when Ciro Immobile’s shot from outside the box was blocked by the Sassuolo defence.
However, the match sprang to life on 22 minutes when Andrea Belotti collected a pass from Marco Benassi before slotting home with a left-footed effort from the centre of the box.
The goal sparked an immediate reaction from Sassuolo as Federico Peluso forced goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo into action with a powerful header before Gregoire Defrel saw his shot from the left side of the box blocked by the last line of defence.
Sassuolo eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 40th minute, Francesco Acerbi converting from close range following a well worked set piece.
The hosts picked up where they left off after the half-time break, with Federico Peluso firing high and wide on 56 minutes, before team-mate Gregoire Defrel forced Torino goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo into action four minutes later.
Torino were not without chances of their own, but Belotti was denied on two separate occasions by Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
The hosts regained control of proceedings as the second half wore on and twice went close to grabbing the lead. Alfred Duncan contrived to fire over the bar from just six yards out in the 74th minute, before Francesco Magnanelli scooped a long-range effort over the bar.
Both sides had chances to win it at the death, but Nicola Sansone and Sime Vrsaljko failed to find the mark for Sassuolo, while Immobile saw his shot from a tight angle kept out by Consigli.