A nine-man Primavera twice battled back from losing positions to hold Sassuolo to a 3-3 draw in this afternoon’s six-goal thriller at Chisola.
A difficult start for the Bianconeri meant they were chasing the game with just five minutes played, Giuseppe Maiorano finding the target for the visitors.
However, it didn’t take long for the response to arrive - less than quarter of an hour in fact - as Vykintas Slivka forced his way into the area before slotting home with aplomb on 18 minutes.
The free-scoring nature of the affair continued as Sassuolo regained their advantage on 21 minutes through a Gianmarco Vannucci own goal, only for Anastasios Donis to conjure up an instant reply 60 seconds later.
A straight red card for Slivka appeared to have the Bianconeri back on the ropes at the start of the second half, but Vajebah Sakor crashed in a fierce effort off the bar to edge them in front on 52 minutes.
Five minutes later, however, the dismissal of Christian Tavanti for a second bookable offence forced the nine-man Primavera to roll up their sleeves and opt for damage limitation.
Their tenacious performance and hard work ethic was only tempered by a Ettore Gliozzi strike with 16 minutes remaining, clinching Sassuolo an eventual share of the points.
Coach Fabio Grosso, who maintains his unbeaten start with the Primavera, spoke of his delight at the character shown by his side in a testing situation: “For the way in which it came about, it’s a draw that’s worth as much as a victory. We’re still giving a little too much away, but we managed to react very strongly. I’m really happy with the performances of everyone out there.”