Sassuolo continued their impressive scoring streak but it was tougher than expected to get the best of Lecce in a 4-2 thriller. It took five minutes to smash the deadlock, as Francesco Caputo jumped the offside trap over the top of a Manuel Locatelli pass, tracking the on-rushing Gabriel and pressuring him. Lecce ‘s defense did little more to stand and stare.
As Gian Marco Ferrari had a free kick in his hands, Gabriel showed great instincts to save from close range, but Lecce was able to match a set play.
There was a corner whipped to the back post, where Captain Lucioni got off his marker from six yards to volley into the roof of the net.
Neuen Paz was penalized for wrapping and dragging Ferrari ‘s head, spotted by the referee without the need for VAR. Berardi converted the ensuing penalty to regain the advantage Sassuolo had, sending Gabriel the wrong way.
Marlon then lost his balance and tripped Khouma Babacar and it appeared to be inches outside the penalty area, but VAR showed it was on the field and that also counts as a part of the goal.
While waiting for the VAR check, Marco Mancosu came out of the bench and his first touch was to balance the penalty on Andrea Consigli. That’s the confidence that comes with a 100 percent record on the position this season.
Lecce had the chance to take the lead with Filippo Falco, his shot charged off, but from the move on the offensive, Jeremie Boga drilled into the bottom corner just inside the box to take Sassuolo in front instead.
The Neroverdi had scored three goals in a row for the fourth game but Lecce has the division’s worst defensive record, so soon after Sassuolo got a fourth.
Mert Muldaur having the net going for the second half, catching down the right in acres of space, turning inside and delivering a left-foot finish to the far bottom corner.
Lecce could get it back to 4-3, but from a few yards on Mancosu ‘s cross, Diego Farias was unable to keep his header down, and then Consigli saved Antonin Barak from near range.