The Is Arenas was finally opened to fans, but they had little to cheer about as Pescara snatched a 2-1 victory over Cagliari.
After controversy, chaos and a 3-0 result awarded to Roma when the game was called off, the Sardinians were at last able to play in front of their home fans. Only one section of the stands was open due to the rest failing security checks, so 5,000 season ticket holders were allowed in.
Cagliari captain Daniele Conti sat out a ban following his red card against Milan midweek, while Pescara missed Francesco Modesto, Alessandro Crescenzi, Cosic and Jonathas. Mattia Perin returned from suspension to take the gloves despite Ivan Pelizzoli’s sterling performances.
Giuseppe Colucci won back possession in midfield only to turn his lob just wide from distance, having spotted the goalkeeper off the line.
Sau tested Perin with an angled drive, but moments later there was a double scoring opportunity for Daniele Dessena. His first was beaten away by Perin, the second smacked against the upright.
Mauricio Pinilla thought he had scored when sprinting clear of the Pescara defence and cutting back to commit Bocchetti, but did not count on Perin’s reaction save with his legs.
Pescara also lost Juan Fernando Quintero to a muscular problem, making way for Vladimir Weiss.
The Delfini equalised with Christian Terlizzi marking his return from a three-match ban. His free kick from the D took a double deflection along the way off the wall to completely wrong-foot the ‘keeper.
It got worse for Cagliari, as Rossettini was late into the tackle on Weiss for a second bookable offence.
Terlizzi performed a crucial intervention to stop Andrea Cossu’s cross-shot when Perin had been overtaken.
Former Manchester City midfielder Weiss scored a stunning goal midweek and added a second to secure Pescara’s surprise away win. He chested down a long ball and placed a snooker shot past Michael Agazzi.
Cagliari did get one back in the final minutes for a Terlizzi handling offence to stop Radja Nainggolan’s shot, so Pinilla sent Perin the wrong way with his penalty.
Sent off: Rossettini 54 (C)