Claudio Ranieri’s tinkering proved inspired, as two Cagliari substitutes scored for the 2-1 victory over Genoa.

Both sides were promoted from Serie B over the summer, but had very different experiences so far. The Sardinians finally got their first win with an incredible comeback from 3-0 down to beat Frosinone 4-3, then knocked Udinese out of the Coppa Italia in extra time midweek. Nahitan Nandez and Alessandro Di Pardo were out of action, while Genoa missed Junior Messias, Mateo Retegui and suspended Mattia Bani.

Marco Mancosu spotted Josep Martinez off his line and attempted an audacious lob from midfield that was not far off target.

Genoa thumped the frame of the goal on 36 minutes, as a free kick found Johan Vasquez at the back post to control, let it bounce and strike on the half-volley from a tricky angle.

Cagliari had the ball in the back of the net just before half-time when Gaetano Oristanio sent Zito Luvumbo down the right, but it was disallowed for his push on Johan Vasquez to get away. It wasn’t a big foul, but the referee made the decision on the pitch.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes at half-time and they paid off immediately, as within three minutes Nicolas Viola had found the back of the net. Oristanio started the move in midfield and pretended to go for goal, instead a reverse pass releasing Viola down the right to place a left-footed finish into the far bottom corner.

The lead did not last long, as Edoardo Goldaniga misjudged the flight of a Stefano Sabelli cross, it bounced awkwardly and Albert Gudmundsson managed to volley his lob over Simone Scuffet all with his first touch.

Cagliari had a huge double opportunity with Josef Martinez making the reaction saves on both Gabriele Zappa and Luvumbo in the same move.

The Sardinians restored their advantage with the other half-time substitute, as Genoa struggled to clear the ball on the edge of the area, so Andrea Petagna laid it off for a low Zappa drive into the near bottom corner. It was Zappa’s first ever Serie A goal at the 70th appearance.

Paulo Azzi could’ve had another on the counter for Cagliari, only to drill wide, but Scuffet stuck out a leg to parry one-on-one with George Puscas to prevent the stoppage-time equaliser.

Cagliari 2-1 Genoa

Viola 48 (C), Gudmundsson 51 (G), Zappa 68 (C)

05-11-2023 14:00
MatchDay 11

Player statistic

1st half
    28' Yellow card Ruslan Malinovskyi
2nd half
Nicolas Viola
(Assist: Gaetano Oristanio)
Goal 48'    
    51' Goal Albert Gudmundsson
Gabriele Zappa
(Assist: Andrea Petagna)
Goal 69'    
Edoardo Goldaniga Yellow card 71'    
    71' Yellow card Albert Gudmundsson
Andrea Petagna Yellow card 90+1'    
Nicolas Viola Yellow card 90+3'    
Simone Scuffet Yellow card 90+7'    

Match statistic

40
Possession %
60
12
Total shots
8
4
Shots on target
2
6
Shots off target
4
2
Blocked shots
2
1
Corners
1
5
Offsides
2
14
Fouls
11
CAG
GEN

Starting lineups

22
Goalkeeper
4
Defender
3
17
46'
27
Defender
90'
29
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
64'
21
Midfielder
78'
5
Midfielder
46'
16
Midfielder
77
Attacker
1
Goalkeeper
3
Defender
66'
22
Defender
4
Defender
5
Defender
20
Defender
8
Midfielder
59'
47
Midfielder
59'
32
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
84'
11

Substitutes

61
Attacker
18
Goalkeeper
30
14
Midfielder
1
Goalkeeper
20
Midfielder
38
Attacker
9
23
Defender
25
Midfielder
28
Defender
46'
10
Midfielder
46'
32
Attacker
64'
37
Attacker
78'
33
Defender
90'
36
Defender
99
Midfielder
14
39
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
25
Midfielder
33
Defender
40
Attacker
2
Midfielder
59'
37
Attacker
59'
55
Defender
66'
18
Attacker
84'

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