Ghana's Duncan opens season goal account for Sassuolo

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The midfielder broke his goal duck for the 2018-19 Italian topflight in the Neroverdi's stalemate with Fiorentina on Sunday

Ghana international Joseph Alfred Duncan registered his maiden league goal of the season as Sassuolo and Fiorentina served a dramatic thriller in the Italian Serie A on Sunday.

The midfielder produced a man of the match performance for the Neroverdi, adding an assist to his goal, but a resilient Viola put up a late challenge to force a 3-3 away draw at Mapei Stadium-Citta del Tricolore.

The matchday 15 result has left Sassuolo ninth on the table, three places ahead of Fiorentina.

For Duncan, the game was his 10th league appearance - all starts - of the season.

After a barren first half, the Ghanaian opened the scoring for Sassuolo with a ferocious shot from outside the box into the right corner after goalkeeper Alban Lafont pushed out a cross. It was a 62nd minute strike.

The 25-year-old then set up Senegal striker Khouma Babacar to make it 2-0 for the Neroverdi before Giovanni Simeone pulled a goal back for the visitors three minutes later.

Stefano Sensi, however, restored Sassuolo's two-goal cushion with another long-range effort 10 minutes to full-time.

At that moment, the three points looked to have been packed and sealed for the home side, but there was some late drama.

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Marco Benassi pulled another goal back for Fiorentina in the 89th minute. Then Kevin Mirallas scored an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time to make it 3-3.

Duncan's compatriot and club mate Kevin-Prince Boateng could not make the matchday squad due to injury.

Italian-born defender of Ghanaian descent Claud Adjapong was also missing for Sassuolo over fitness concerns. 
 

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