SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 20 - 13 Jan 2013 (14.00 UK)
Cagliari 2 - 1 Genoa
E Pisano 48 (G), Sau 55 (C), Conti 82 (C)
Stadio IS Arenas

Cagliari fought back for a last-gasp victory over Genoa to end their crisis streak.

The teams collided in a relegation dogfight, as Cagliari were allowed to return to the Is Arenas after restructuring work on the troubled stadium. The Sardinians needed the support, as they had just two points from the last 27 available. They went into this game without the suspended Michael Agazzi, Andrea Cossu and Coach Ivo Pulga, while Lorenzo Ariaudo and Sebastian Eriksson were injured. Genoa had Ciro Immobile banned and Juan Manuel Vargas sidelined, but gave Thomas Manfredini his debut after a transfer from Atalanta.

A torrential rainstorm exploded on Cagliari before the match with very strong winds, making playing conditions difficult.

Marco Borriello’s free kick was palmed out for a corner, while Radja Nainggolan’s counter-attack was charged down.

Vlada Avramov needed a double save on Andrea Bertolacci and the attempted Marco Rossi tap-in.

Danilo Avelar’s screamer skimmed the crossbar from a corner, but Rossi went off at half-time with an eye problem.

Genoa scored straight after the restart, as a corner was whipped in for Eros Pisano’s header. It was the defender’s debut Serie A goal.

Cagliari got back on level terms with a counter-attack, as Marco Sau sprung the offside trap from a Nainggolan pass to sprint down the left and place an angled drive across Sebastien Frey.

Victor Ibarbo volleyed over at the back post, then Thiago Ribeiro came sliding in unmarked and just failed to tap in the cross.

Daniele Conti turned the game around completely when he rose to power in a header from a corner.

Genoa went down to 10 men for Felipe Seymour’s straight red card, as he went in from behind on Ibarbo.

In stoppages the Grifone almost equalised, as Juraj Kucka’s header hit the woodwork from point-blank range. 


Cagliari: Avramov; F Pisano, Astori, Rossettini, Danilo Avelar; Dessena (Thiago Ribeiro 57), Conti, Ekdal (Nene 82); Nainggolan; Ibarbo, Sau (Casarini 87)
Genoa: Frey; E Pisano, Granqvist, Manfredini, Moretti; Rossi (Piscitella 46), Kucka, Matuzalem (Seymour 58), Bertolacci (Floro Flores 73), Antonelli; Borriello
Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Seymour 83 (G)