Italian Serie A
Sassuolo3Inter Milan1

Sassuolo 3-1 Inter Milan

Roberto Mancini
Inter were 12 points off the top when Mancini was appointed in November; it is now a 23-point gap

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini admits his team are a bit "fragile" after suffering a 3-1 defeat at Sassuolo.

Inter won 7-0 when the sides met in the autumn, and beat them by the same scoreline in last season's away game.

Simone Zaza and Nicola Sansone gave the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead and, after Mauro Icardi pulled one back, Domenico Berardi sealed it in the 90th minute.

"The team is clearly a bit fragile as we suffer at the first sign of difficulty," Mancini said.

"We commit too many mistakes. Nothing's going right for us at the moment, so we need to improve.

"We've improved in terms of our possession but we definitely need something more in the final third. It's all going a bit wrong for us at the minute and the lads are down as a result.

"But that's a football match for you - it can all change in an instant. The result is all that matters, but the defeat shouldn't change our approach."

Both teams ended the game with 10 men after Sassuolo striker Sansone and Inter defender Isaac Donkor were dismissed late in the game.

Sansone, who was already on a yellow card, was sent off after bringing down Inter midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.

Donkor, also with a booking against his name, was dismissed for a foul on Sassuolo striker Zaza, and Berardi slotted home the subsequent penalty.

Inter - who hired Mancini for his second spell in November - are down to 12th, with Sassuolo - in only their second top-flight season - overtaking them by moving up to eighth.

"Sometimes there can be discord between the fans and the team, but I hope we can sort that out because we need our supporters," former Manchester City boss Mancini said.

Line-ups

Sassuolo

  • 47Consigli
  • 11Vrsaljko
  • 26TerranovaSubstituted forBrighiat 82'minutes
  • 28Cannavaro
  • 3LonghiSubstituted forGazzolaat 61'minutes
  • 8Biondini
  • 4Magnanelli
  • 7MissiroliBooked at 9minsSubstituted forAnteiat 75'minutes
  • 25BerardiBooked at 85mins
  • 10ZazaBooked at 11mins
  • 17SansoneBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Pomini
  • 5Antei
  • 6Chibsah
  • 16Polito
  • 20Bianco
  • 23Gazzola
  • 33Brighi
  • 52Lodesani
  • 96Sereni
  • 99Floccari

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 54DonkorBooked at 90mins
  • 23RanocchiaBooked at 21mins
  • 15VidicBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBrozovicat 70'minutes
  • 22Dodô
  • 18MedelBooked at 90mins
  • 13Guarín
  • 91Shaqiri
  • 10Kovacic
  • 11PodolskiSubstituted forIcardiat 56'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 8PalacioSubstituted forPuscasat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Icardi
  • 17Kuzmanovic
  • 20Obi
  • 24Sciacca
  • 28Puscas
  • 30Carrizo
  • 46Berni
  • 77Brozovic
  • 88Hernanes
  • 93Dimarco
  • 97Bonazzoli
Referee:
Paolo Valeri
Attendance:
18,446

Match Stats

Home TeamSassuoloAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sassuolo 3, Inter Milan 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sassuolo 3, Inter Milan 1.

Attempt missed. Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross following a set piece situation.

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Davide Biondini (Sassuolo).

Goal!

Goal! Sassuolo 3, Inter Milan 1. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Isaac Donkor (Inter Milan) for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Isaac Donkor (Inter Milan) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Sassuolo. Simone Zaza draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Gary Medel (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Medel (Inter Milan).

Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo).

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo).

Corner, Sassuolo. Conceded by Andrea Ranocchia.

Attempt blocked. Simone Zaza (Sassuolo) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matteo Brighi.

Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simone Zaza (Sassuolo).

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan).

Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sassuolo. Matteo Brighi replaces Simone Missiroli.

Offside, Inter Milan. Marcelo Brozovic tries a through ball, but Fredy Guarín is caught offside.

Booking

Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo).

Booking

Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Sassuolo 2, Inter Milan 1. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Isaac Donkor (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo).

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emanuele Terranova (Sassuolo) because of an injury.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Andrea Consigli.

Attempt missed. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. George Puscas (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dodô.

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo).

goal

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