Watch: Sassuolo shrug off Boateng exit to end four-month home drought
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Watch: Sassuolo shrug off Boateng exit to end four-month home drought

Sassuolo shrugged off the shock departure of Kevin-Prince Boateng to Barcelona by ending their four-month Serie A home win drought with a 3-0 success over Cagliari on Saturday, keeping their Europa League push alive.

It was the first win of the year for the side from Modena who had not taken three points since beating Frosinone 2-0 on December 16, and had not won at their Mapei Stadium since a 3-1 success over Empoli on September 21.

But they came out firing on all cylinders in their first game without Ghanaian forward Boateng, days after the 31-year-old's shock loan move to Barcelona.

Italian midfielder Manuel Locatelli opened the scoring after just nine minutes with his first goal in over two years, pouncing on a rebound after Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno parried a Domenico Berardi goalbound effort.

Senegalese forward Khouma Babacar added a second from the spot just before half-time following a video review after Croatian defender Darijo Srna brought down Serbian midfielder Filip Djuricic.

Alfred Duncan set up Alessandro Matri to tap in the third three minutes from time as Sassuolo move up to eighth, three points off the Europa League berths.

Cagliari, in 13th, have taken just one point from their last three games.

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