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Stadio Olimpico 25th August 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Orsato

Torino Torino vs Sassuolo Sassuolo

Torino 2

M Brighi (40)
A Cerci (63)

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Sassuolo made to pay by Torino

Last Updated: 25/08/13 10:42pm

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Gaetano Masucci and Ciro Immobile tumble

Gaetano Masucci and Ciro Immobile tumble

Sassuolo's first foray into Serie A football ended in defeat to Torino as the newcomers paid the price for some poor finishing at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Serie B champions gave a good account of themselves in their season opener, but their failure to find the target cost them dearly as they succumbed to goals from Matteo Brighi and Alessio Cerci.

Stage fright did not appear to be a problem for the visitors in the early stages with Jasmin Kurtic's 30-yard drive causing a moment of concern for Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.

Ciro Immobile responded for the home side after 13 minutes with a shot of his own from distance, but it failed to trouble Sassuolo goalkeeper Antonio Rosati.

Immobile's next effort created a little more work for Rosati, however, who pulled off a fine save to turn away a shot from near the penalty spot.

Padelli also had to remain alert at the other end thanks to Gaetano Masucci's low strike after 36 minutes before Simone Zaza further warmed the palms of the goalkeeper with his testing drive.

But it was the home fans who were celebrating five minutes before the interval when Immobile teed up Brighi with the perfect cross to slot the ball into the bottom left corner.

Sassuolo came out fighting after the break with Zaza firing over from distance before Francesco Magnanelli got closer to the mark with his right foot.

Magnanelli tried his luck again on the hour with a free-kick which he scooped over the bar and they were made to pay eight minutes later with Cerci finding room on the edge of the area before curling in a lovely left-footed effort for Torino's second.

Sassuolo continued to push forward in a bid to salvage something from the match, but Emanuele Terranova was also wasteful in front of goal while one last-ditch attempt from Karim Laribi was punched away by an agile Padelli.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
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1 Juventus 25 58
2 Roma 25 49
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Lazio 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10