Ten-man Sassuolo beat Benevento in Serie A

Domenico Berardi of US Sassuolo shankes hands with Alesssandro Tuia of Benevento Calcio during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Benevento Calcio at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on December 11, 2020 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.

Sassuolo edged promoted Benevento 1-0 despite being a player down to move into second place in the Italian Serie A.

Skipper Domenico Berardi converted a penalty awarded for handball on seven minutes and in the 49th saw his teammate Lukas Haraslin dismissed after video review for stomping on the ankle of Gaetano Letizia.

Home keeper Andrea Consigli bravely denied Roberto Insigne, Gianluca Caprari and Gianluca Lapadula and was saved by the bar following a Iago Falque drive as Benevento upped the tempo at Reggio Emilia's Mapei Stadium but failed to score.

Sassuolo sit four points behind leaders AC Milan, who host Parma on Sunday. Benevento lie 13th with a five-point cushion to the drop zone.

A minute's silence was observed with footballers wearing black armbands to mourn the passing on Thursday of Paolo Rossi, the star striker who led Italy to World Cup glory in 1982.

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