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Sassuolo beats fellow struggler Parma 3-1 for 1st win of the Serie A season

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MILAN — Sassuolo recorded its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory at Parma on Saturday to leave its opponent rooted to the foot of the Serie A table after five consecutive defeats.

Sassuolo, which drew with Juventus last week, was the only team left without a win.

Sergio Floccari headed Sassuolo in front in the 20th minute before Francesco Acerbi doubled his side's advantage with his first goal for the club.

The 26-year-old defender recently spent almost a year on the sidelines as he beat testicular cancer.

PHOTO: Parma's Antonio Cassano, right, competes for the ball with Sassuolo's Francesco Acerbi, during their Serie A soccer match at Parma's Tardini stadium, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
Parma's Antonio Cassano, right, competes for the ball with Sassuolo's Francesco Acerbi, during their Serie A soccer match at Parma's Tardini stadium, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

Saphir Taider, who had earlier hit the post, sealed the match early in the second half before Antonio Cassano scored a consolation for Parma.

Earlier, Cagliari thrashed newly-promoted Empoli 4-0, with all the goals coming in the first half.

Marco Sau broke the deadlock on the half hour mark with Cagliari's first real opportunity and Danilo Avelar all but secured the win with two goals in as many minutes.

Avelar curled a fantastic free kick into the top corner before scoring a penalty moments later after Mirko Valdifiori fouled Albin Ekdal.

Ekdal got on the scoresheet himself with the last kick of the first half, firing in from a tight angle after forcing his way past three Empoli players.

Later, Roma will be looking to move provisionally top of the league when it visits third-placed Sampdoria. It is a point behind three-time defending champion Juventus, which hosts Palermo Sunday.

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PHOTO: Parma's Antonio Cassano, right, competes for the ball with Sassuolo's Francesco Acerbi, during their Serie A soccer match at Parma's Tardini stadium, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
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