Milan and Napoli need to make some space at the top of the standings. José Mourinho’s Roma are three out of three in the league and jump into the lead by beating Sassuolo 2-1 at the end of a spectacular match, especially in the second half, with repetitive opportunities on both sides. In the end, the gem of El Shaarawy is decisive, who in full recovery finds the winning bet making the entire Olympic and the ‘Special One’ explode with joy, celebrating in the best way the thousand benches in his career. The Emilians leave the capital with a bitter taste in their mouth but with the awareness of being able to lead the way. For Pellegrini and his teammates, on the other hand, it is a magical moment: a team with full points, an enthralling environment and sky-high enthusiasm for a young group that is gaining confidence through victories.
Sassuolo in the Capitoline away game does not give up its philosophy: 4-2-3-1 with Raspadori at the end of the attack and Berardi, Djuricic and Boga acting behind him. At the Olimpico the neroverdi show up without awe, not surprisingly they create the first dangers on the Raspadori-Berardi axis, with the latter forcing Rui Patricio to the first intervention of a busy evening. Roma gradually became familiar with the game, managing possession of the ball but without giving the impression of being able to hurt. Conversely, the Emilians on the counterattack, with fast vertical plays, show that they know how to hurt. As in the 27th minute, when Berardi sees the advantage due to a previous offside by Raspadori at the start of action canceled by a matter of centimeters.
Mourinho’s Roma in this first phase of the season has shown that they know how to be cynical and, after a first ring from Abraham (split and ball to the side of a breath), finds the way to goal with a free-kick scheme: low service Pellegrini and shot under the first winner of Cristante. At the start of the second half, Dionisi immediately changes the face of his attack, giving up the speed of Raspadori to focus on Scamacca’s physicality. The move turns out to be spot on, because the former Genoa striker immediately engages Rui Patricio with an insidious shot from outside. Shortly after, a change of game by the Emilian center forward sets Berardi in motion, who gets rid of Vina with a spell and crosses in the middle for Djuricic, whose dirty touch mocked Rui Patricio.
After the 1-1, the game finally lights up, with two teams playing fearlessly to hunt for the full loot. Abraham hits the post after a miracle of Advice on Pellegrini, the most inspired man among the Giallorossi, able to go close to scoring twice with personal initiatives. The guests, however, are not far behind, and only two super interventions by Rui Patricio deny the black-green overtaking on the sure shots of Berardi and, in the open field on the counterattack, of Boga. To break the stalemate, the two coaches try to draw the joker from the bench, with the grafts of Defrel, Traorè on one side and Shomurodov, El Shaarawy and Carles Perez on the other. In the final, all the schemes jumped: Shomudorov makes Councils tremble twice, Traorè hits the base of the pole with a serpentine and a razor. The opportunities are no longer counted, but in the end it will be the gem of El Shaarawy that will remain impressed: in full recovery, the ‘Pharaoh’ with a splendid turn catches the right angle, driving José Mourinho and the whole Olimpico crazy. Sassuolo comes out with a very high head (and recriminates for a Eurogol of Scamacca with time expired canceled for offside), Rome flies to the top. At the end of a thrilling game.