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(ATT 12,666) 20th October 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Damato

Sassuolo Sassuolo vs Bologna Bologna

Sassuolo 2

D Berardi (pen 12)
A Floro Flores (17)

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Bologna 1

A Diamanti (pen 34)

First win for Sassuolo

Last Updated: 20/10/13 5:03pm

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Domenico Berardi celebrates after netting from the spot

Domenico Berardi celebrates after netting from the spot

Sassuolo beat fellow strugglers Bologna on Sunday afternoon to celebrate their first win of the Serie A season.

Domenico Berardi put the home side ahead in the 12th minute from the penalty spot before team-mate Antonio Floro Flores doubled his team's lead five minutes later.

Bologna's Alessandro Diamanti converted a penalty in the 34th minute to reduce the arrears but the visitors were unable to find the equaliser.

The result has lifted promoted-side Sassuolo to 18th place while it has relegated Bologna to the foot of the standings.

Both teams went into the game winless after seven rounds and desperate to spark their season into life.

Sassuolo enjoyed a good start and were given a helping hand when the referee pointed to the spot after Berardi was fouled in the area by Andrea Mantovani.

Berardi struck the spot-kick to the far post, sending Bologna goalkeeper Gianluca Curci the other way.

Bologna were unlucky not to equalise in the 14th minute when Diamanti's volley from the box hit the crossbar.

Sassuolo pressed forward and were rewarded when Floro Flores' right-footed shot from just outside the area took a deflection off a defender and beat Curci.

The visitors reduced the deficit before the break when the referee awarded Bologna a penalty after Jonathan Rossini held Cesare Natali in the area.

Diamanti cooly struck the ball towards the top right corner of goal to beat Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo.

On the hour mark, Curci kept out Floro Flores's 10-yard shot.

In the 70th minute, Roberto Acquafesca came close to equalising but his powerful header from Lazaros Christodoulopoulos's cross was met by a fine save from Pegolo.

Bologna never gave up hope and one minute from time, substitute Rolando Bianchi's close-range header went just wide of the far post.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23