Trailing to a first half Matheus Henrique goal, the Giallorossi turned things around late in the game through a Paulo Dybala penalty and a deflected Rasmus Kristensen shot.
The comeback was sparked by a straight red card shown to Sassuolo midfielder Daniel Boloca for a poor tackle on Leandro Paredes, and Roma made the most of their numerical advantage.
Roma leave it late again
Fans must surely know better now than to switch off from a Roma match before full-time or else risk missing goals, as the capital club have become specialists in Serie A at netting at the death.
Whilst the impact in Reggio Emilia was not as extreme as in recent weeks, with the goals coming relatively early at 76 and 82 minutes, it nonetheless extended their strike rate in the final 15 minutes of matches to 15 for the season. Indeed, only Barcelona can match this across Europe’s top five leagues, and it is testament to the pursuit of victory and determination of Jose Mourinho‘s squad.
However, the need to come from behind or to force a late impact in almost every match is becoming a concern, with the Lupi’s luck and time surely set to run out at some point. With such a wealth of attacking options, Roma need to start taking their chances earlier in games, if only to stop putting their fans through an emotional rollercoaster every weekend.
Away day joy for Giallorossi
Roma have done well to recover from a disastrous start to the Serie A season and the victory over Sassuolo keeps them in fifth place and in touching distance with Napoli. Yet, their push for a return to the top table of European football has been hampered by shaky form on the road, and that looked set to continue.
Turning the match around and securing the three points ensured was crucial, particularly after coming into the game with just a single away win in their last 10 league matches.
Whilst benefitting from the raucous home support at the Stadio Olimpico to propel themselves up the table, Mourinho‘s side have now got another all important away win ahead of tough trips to Bologna, Juventus, and AC Milan in the next six weeks.
Kristensen finally makes an impact
It is fair to say that Kristensen‘s arrival at Roma in the summer came as a shock to many, particularly after joining on loan off the back of a dismal maiden season in the Premier League with Leeds United that culminated in relegation.
The Denmark international has hardly made waves in Serie A this term either, but his appearance from the bench against Sassuolo changed the game and was pivotal to Roma‘s victory.
Brought on at half-time for Edoardo Bove, Kristensen‘s influence grew following Boloca‘s red card after an hour and he was able to utilise the space created by having an extra man to bomb down the right wing and into space. It resulted in him being bundled over for the penalty, before creating a gap to shoot and net the winner, with the aid of a looping deflection.
With the wing-back positions an area of concern for Mourinho this season, Kristensen has the opportunity to build on his positive display and force his way back into the team.