Roma 2-1 Sassuolo: Dramatic last-gasp Stephan El Shaarawy winner sees hosts go top of Serie A in Jose Mourinho’s 1000th game as a manager – with the Portuguese recreating THAT sprint down the touchline
- Midfielder Bryan Cristante gave hosts the lead eight minutes before the break
- Filip Duricic equalised just before the hour following Domenico Berardi’s assist
- But Stephan El Shaarawy came up with a 91st minute winner to send Roma top
- The stoppage-time goal means Mourinho ended up happy on a historic night
Jose Mourinho´s 1,000th game as a manager ended with a trademark celebratory sprint down the touchline after AS Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy scored a stoppage time equaliser to snatch a 2-1 win over Sassuolo that sent them top of Serie A.
The Italy winger curled a shot in off the post to clinch victory in a thrilling contest on Sunday that saw both sides hit the post and the visitors denied a last-gasp equaliser by the offside flag.
The result leaves Roma top of the standings with a perfect nine points, ahead of AC Milan and Napoli on goal difference, while Sassuolo are ninth with four points from three games.
Roma’s Jose Mourinho celebrated his 1,000th match in charge with a late win against Sassuolo
Midfielder Bryan Cristante (pictured) gave the hosts the lead eight minutes before half time
Attacking midfielder Filip Duricic (No 10) equalised just before the hour for the visiting side
Mourinho said after the match: ‘I told everyone lies!
‘I had been saying to the team for days that this 1000th game was not important to me… but I had an incredible fear of losing!
‘Luckily we won and I was running like a child today because I was feeling 12 years old, not 58’.
Domenico Berardi finished well for the visitors in the first half but the goal was disallowed for an offside in the build-up.
But Egyptian forward Stephan El Shaarawy (left) curled home in stoppage time to steal the win
His 91st-minute strike sparked wild celebrations at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening
Roma then went in front after 37 minutes through a training ground free-kick routine as Bryan Cristante latched onto a clever pass to fire home.
Sassuolo equalised in the 57th when Berardi spun past his marker to tee up Filip Djuricic for a close-range finish. Moments later striker Tammy Abraham struck the post for Roma from a tight angle.
Rui Patricio kept Roma on level terms with two big saves when one-on-one with Berardi and Jeremie Boga, while Sassuolo substitute Hamed Junior Traore thumped the foot of the post as Alessio Dionisi’s side applied pressure.
But the hosts held on and were rewarded when El Shaarawy netted late on, sparking wild celebrations as the coaching staff poured onto the pitch.
An animated Mourinho saw his side go top of Serie A after maintaining their perfect record
Sassuolo then thought they had scored a sensational equaliser through a Gianluca Scamacca volley, but it was disallowed for offside.
Elsewhere, Genoa claimed their first points of the season thanks to an extraordinary comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 away to Cagliari.
Torino also got off the mark with a 4-0 thumping of Salernitana as surprise close-season signing Franck Ribery made a forgettable debut from the bench for the visitors.
Udinese substitute Lazar Samardzic scored an 89th minute winner at Spezia to help the Zebrette rise to fifth place in the standings with seven points from three matches.
Roma (4-2-3-1): Patricio; Karsdorp (Reynolds 89), Mancini, Ibanez, Vina; Cristante, Veretout (Perez 74); Zaniolo (Shomurodov 74), Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan (El Shaarawy 70); Abraham.
Substitutes not used: Boer, Fuzato; Smalling, Villar, Calafiori, Mayoral, Diawara, Darboe.
Goals: Cristante 37, El Shaarawy 90+1.
Yellow cards: Ibanez 43, Cristante 66.
Manager: Jose Mourinho.
Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Toljan, Chiriches, Ferrari, Rogerio; Frattesi (Ayhan 84), Lopez; Berardi (Defrel 77), Duricic (Traore 84), Boga (Kyriakopoulos 89); Raspadori (Scamacca 46).
Substitutes not used: Pegolo; Goldaniga, Magnanelli, Peluso, Muldur, Harroui, Henrique.
Goals: Duricic 57.
Yellow cards: Chiriches 36.
Manager: Alessio Dionisi.
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