The Neroverdi missed Domenico Berardi through COVID, Junior Hamed Traore and Matheus Henrique, but the Sardinians were positively decimated between injuries, Coronavirus and even Charalampos Lykogiannis with a stomach bug.
It was Cagliari who came close to the opener, Dalbert sending a free header wide at the back post on Gabriele Zappa’s cross.
However, moments later a Rogerio cross from the left only grazed past Scamacca and Abdou Harroui volleyed in from close range.
The visitors again threatened in the air, Zappa this time with the header that went wide of both the upright and Leonardo Pavoletti.
Giacomo Raspadori came perilously close to 2-0, his effort clipping the outside of the post after he shrugged off a defender to turn from six yards.
Cagliari had the ball in the net with Dalbert straight after half-time following a poor attempted clearance on a corner, but it was disallowed for offside.
Gregoire Defrel forced a tricky save, Cagliari were heartbroken when Nahitan Nandez whipped in a cross from the right and Pavoletti stuck out a long leg in front of his marker to volley in from close range, only for it to be disallowed because Nandez’s shoulder was offside.
Sassuolo 1-0 Cagliari
Harroui 18 (S)