Empoli climbed above Sassuolo in the Serie A standings thanks to a 3-1 win at the Stadio Carlo Castellini on Sunday.
Riccardo Saponara was on target twice with Levan Mchedlidze netting the Tuscan side's other goal.
An own goal from Daniele Rugani brought Sassuolo level just after half-time but it was not enough to prevent them from falling to their fifth defeat in their last six games.
Sassuolo could have taken the lead when Daniele Croce's flicked header was turned behind by Luigi Sepe.
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