Cagliari drew 1-1 with Apollon Limassol as local 17-year-old Antonio Loi was on target.
Zdenek Zeman’s Sardinians had taken the lead with their young talent, who got on the end of a Nicola Murru assist.
Apollon drew level on the hour mark thanks to a precise Merien strike.
Cagliari: Colombi, Pisano (Balzano 46), Capuano, Benedetti, Murru (Avelar 46), Donsah (Cabrera 46), Crisetig (Barella 81), Ekdal (Capello 46), Loi (Farias 46), Sau (Longo 32), Cossu (Adryan 75)
Apollon Limassol: Bruno Vale, Mulder (Mario 46), Gullon, Rezek (Rosanio 81), Merien, Merckis, Ambraham (Sangoi 46), Papoulis (Lopez 81), Agelle (Joao Paulo 46), Rachid, George (Reynolds 81)
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!