SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 26 - 24 Feb 2013 (14.00 UK)
Cagliari 4 - 3 Torino
Sau pen 37 (C), Cerci 47 (T), Stevanovic 54 (T), Conti 75, 95 (C), Pinilla pen 86 (C), Bianchi pen 91 (T)
Stadio IS Arenas

An absolutely spectacular match saw seven goals, two red cards and a last-gasp Cagliari victory.

This game was played behind closed doors, as the on-going Is Arenas saga dragged on. Around 300 people were allowed in as relatives of the players or members of the local council.

It remained a relegation dogfight and the Sardinians welcomed back Daniele Conti, Davide Astori and Daniele Dessena from suspension in a bid to continue their six-game unbeaten streak, though Thiago Ribeiro missed out. Toro had Danilo D’Ambrosio back from his ban, but home and away they had managed one point from their last four meetings with Cagliari.

Kamil Glik should’ve done better to keep his header on target from a corner, while Andrea Cossu’s daisy-cutter skimmed the base of the near post.

Toro had penalty appeals for a coming-together between Angelo Ogbonna and Danilo Avelar after 18 minutes, but the referee waved play on.

Cossu’s free kick flashed across the face of goal with Luca Rossettini inches away from getting the decisive touch.

It was Cagliari who received a spot-kick when Ogbonna clumsily clattered into Sau as he was pulling the trigger. Jean-Francois Gillet got a hand to it, but Sau was able to convert for his 11th goal of the season.

Alessio Cerci equalised straight after the restart, as he started the move, then pounced on a deflected Matteo Darmian cross to smash home an angled drive.

Torino turned it around completely, as Michael Agazzi flapped at a Cerci cross to take it off the head of Rolando Bianchi, but Alen Stevanovic fired in the rebound from seven yards at the back post.

Daniele Conti got Cagliari back on level terms, as he was allowed a totally free header on the penalty spot, glancing it into the far bottom corner from a Cossu cross.

Ogbonna was having a nightmare and pulled back Mauricio Pinilla after the striker burst past three players. It was the second penalty he’d given away and the second yellow card. Pinilla stepped up and converted to put Cagliari 3-2 in front.

Abou Diop made matters infinitely worse, as he had been on the field for less than a minute when he was shown a straight red for lashing out an elbow on Albin Ekdal. It seemed quite a harsh decision.

However, nine-man Torino were awarded a penalty for Davide Astori’s shirt-tug on Bianchi. Rolando Bianchi converted the resulting spot-kick to equalise in stoppages.

This was an unbelievable game that really did deserve a crowd to watch it. Deep into injury time, Conti hit a long-range effort that took a deflection to leave the goalkeeper stranded and put Cagliari 4-3 up!


Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Astori, Rossettini, Avelar (Perico 58); Nainggolan, Conti, Ekdal; Cossu (Cabrera 84); Sau, Ibarbo (Pinilla 65)
Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, Masiello; Vives, Gazzi; Cerci (Menga 90), Bianchi, Barreto (Diop 87), Stevanovic (Birsa 68)
Ref: Peruzzo

Sent off: Ogbonna 85 (T), Diop 88 (T)