Cagliari marked the debut of new Coach Ivo Pulga with their first win of the season, though Torino were furious.
The Sardinians sacked Massimo Ficcadenti this week and made their first appearance under new Coach Ivo Pulga and assistant manager Diego Lopez. Mauricio Pinilla, Andrea Cossu and the suspended Luca Rossettini were unavailable. The Granata were buzzing after a shock 5-1 victory away to Atalanta last week, but missed Valter Birsa, Andrea Masiello, Suciu and Diop.
Nene drilled wide and Avelar had a fierce strike palmed out from under the crossbar.
Albin Ekdal had the ball in the net from 10 yards, but play had already been stopped. Both Andrea Dessena and Nene’ failed to get on the end of a Radja Nainggolan taut cross.
After the restart Nainggolan pounced on an Angelo Ogbonna error to smash an angled drive across Jean-Francois Gillet and the back post.
There was an odd moment on 55 minutes when Avelar handled in a one-on-one with Alessio Cerci, but while the linesman raised his flag for a penalty, the referee waved play on.
The referee did award a penalty to Cagliari when Davide Astori’s volley was charged down by Kamil Glik’s hands, although he argued that he was protecting his face. Nene converted after a stuttering run-up to give Cagliari the lead in Turin.
Cagliari should’ve gone 2-0 up soon after when Victor Ibarbo was clear on goal with a counter-attack, but his finish cracked against the upright with just the ‘keeper to beat.
Rolando Bianchi was mid-celebration when told his potential equaliser had been disallowed for an offside position, nodding in a free kick. It looked to be close, but the right decision.