High-flying Sassuolo go second in Serie A

Filip Djuricic (c) scores for Sassuolo in their remarkable 4-3 win at Bologna.
Filip Djuricic (c) scores for Sassuolo in their remarkable 4-3 win at Bologna.

Sassuolo bounced back from a two-goal deficit to edge Bologna 4-3 in a regional derby on Sunday and go second in Italy's Serie A.

Roberto Soriano and Mattias Svanberg struck for the Bolognese in the first half either side of Domenico Berardi for visiting Sassuolo.

Riccardo Orsolini made it 3-1 for the hosts by pouncing on a mistake, but Filip Djuricic netted Sassuolo's second before Francesco Caputo's equaliser and Takehiro Tomiyasu's own goal.

"I am happy about the way we got the result and also about how we produced our actions," Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi said. "We must not be afraid of being dispossessed.

"I am glad to have conceded the third goal in such a way; it can happen and it means that we must accept our errors. We deserved to be under and this means we must learn to deal with tackles."

Roma whipped Benevento 5-2 to rise to seventh in the ladder.

Pedro Rodriguex (31st), Edin Dzeko (35th, 77th), Jordan Veretout (69th) and Carles Perez (89th) scored for Roma while Gianluca Caprari (5th) and Gianluca Lapadula (55th) netted for Benevento.

Cagliari had Diego Simeone twice on target after Joao Pedro's goal to win 3-2 at Torino, whose captain Andrea Belotti also scored a brace.

Substitute Vanja Milinkovic-Savic was sent off late on for the hosts for protesting from the bench.

Newcomers Spezia recovered from two down to a 2-2 home draw with Fiorentina.

Sassuolo have 10 points from four games and sit two behind leaders AC Milan, who beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Saturday's city derby to stay perfect.

Champions Juventus are fifth, four points behind the leaders, after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Crotone.

Napoli are ahead of Juve on goal difference after beating 4-1 Atalanta, who sit third on nine.

Torino sit last on zero points, while Udinese clinched their first three, also netting their first goals, from a 3-2 defeat of visiting Parma, who had seven players unavailable after returning positive coronavirus tests.

Australian Associated Press