Jose Mourinho wins 1,000th game in management as Roma edge out Sassuolo

Jose Mourinho Head Coach of AS Roma celebrates with the players after Stephan El Shaarawy scores the goal of 2-1 during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Sassuolo at Stadio Olimpico on September 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

Jose Mourinho said he felt like a child when he charged from his dugout to celebrate Stephan El Shaarawy's last-gasp winner in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Sassuolo, which put his side at the top of Serie A in his 1,000th match as a manager.

Italy international El Shaarawy struck with a sublime curling strike in the 91st minute, which caused wild celebrations at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with Mourinho running to join his joyous players in front of screaming supporters behind the goal.

"Today I wasn't 58 years old, I felt like a 10, 12, 14-year-old, back when you begin to dream about a career in football. It was a child's run," Mourinho told DAZN.

"During the week I lied to myself because I tried to convince myself that wasn't a special match but it was a special match... For the rest of my life I will remember that the match that took me to 1,000 was this one."

A breathless contest looked to be heading for a draw after Bryan Cristante's 37th-minute opener was cancelled out by Filip Djuricic just before the hour mark and both sides wasted a raft of chances.

Tammy Abraham and Hamed Traore hit the post for each team but it was Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio who had to be at his best to stop gilt-edged opportunities presented to Domenico Berardi and Jeremie Boga as Sassuolo pushed for a win.

However, with the seconds ticking away El Shaarawy crashed in his shot from the edge of the area off the post to put Roma top, level on a perfect nine points with AC Milan and Napoli.

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