Torino cruises past Sassuolo

Nikola Vlašić’s goal in the second half ensured Torino’s impressive start to the season continued, marking their best beginning in five years with a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo. Torino dominated the game from the start at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, with several missed opportunities forcing them to work hard for the win. This victory propelled them to their highest points total after 11 games since the 2018/19 season.

The hosts began aggressively, with Andrea Consigli denying Mërgim Vojvoda and Antonio Sanabria. Sanabria, ending a 13-game goal drought, opened the scoring just five minutes in. Sassuolo equalized unexpectedly when Armand Laurienté cleverly dummied Domenico Berardi’s cross, allowing Kristian Throstvedt to score.

Undeterred, Torino continued their onslaught. Alessandro Buongiorno’s header was saved, Raoul Bellanova missed a close-range opportunity, and Duván Zapata squandered two good chances. Vlašić’s clever flick was denied as Sassuolo survived until halftime.

In the second half, Torino maintained their dominance. Sanabria nearly scored his second within 15 seconds of the restart, but Sassuolo goalkeeper saved. Sassuolo had a chance when Laurienté’s left-footed shot hit the post, but Torino capitalized on their dominance as Vlašić calmly slotted the ball into the far corner, making it 2-1. Although there were more opportunities for Torino to seal the game, Sassuolo couldn’t mount a comeback. The visitors, thoroughly outplayed, suffered their sixth defeat in eight away matches against Torino, who secured only their second home win in 13 league outings.