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Gattuso gets his first victory as Napoli come back to win

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Napoli recovered from going a goal down to Sassuolo to win 1-2 and give Gennaro Gattuso his first victory as their manager.

Gattuso’s first game in charge ended in a home defeat to Parma. It left Napoli in a state of crisis.

So when they visited mid-table Sassuolo and went a goal down in the 29th minute the Napoli faithful and new manager were concerned, to say the least.

Perhaps what made matters worse is the hosts were in the dominant form before the goal.

They could have opened the scoring inside of the first two minutes but for the width of the upright.

Then some top-class handy work form keeper Meret kept the score at 0-0.

While Napoli created a couple of chances themselves, Sassuolo were clearly the better side. They deservedly took the lead through a Traore volley.

Again things could have been worse but for the heroics of Meret in goal.

A struggling Napoli kept plugging away and refused to accept defeat.

Then almost out of nothing a wild Allan shot seemed to find its way into the net. It drew the visitors level and giving them a newfound urgency.

In a style typical of their manager in his prime as a player, they started to pile on the pressure in search of that elusive win.

They had the ball in the back of the net in the 81st minute, but it was ruled out for offside.

Gattuso’s men did not give up. As the game entered stoppage time it appeared he may have to wait a little while longer for his first victory.

One final attack in the 94th minute yield a fine save from Sassuolo’s Pegolo.

It was from that corner the scrappiest of goals won the game. A combined effort by Obiang and Elma saw the ball bundled over the line.

The victory saw scenes of elation reminiscent of a team that just won a major trophy.

Final score: Sassuolo 1 – 2 Napoli.