Michele Canini’s comical own goal was cancelled out by Guglielmo Stendardo, as the spoils were shared after kick-off was delayed to clear snow and ice.
Only three points separated these teams going into the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia. Atalanta had Carlos Carmona and Cristian Raimondi suspended, joining the injured Stefano Lucchini, Ezequiel Schelotto, Guido Marilungo, Daniele Capelli and Giampaolo Bellini. Cagliari’s Andrea Cossu sat out his ban with Lorenzo Ariaudo, Sebastian Eriksson and Nene sidelined.
The kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes due to snow and ice. The Sardinians had lost their last three visits to Bergamo and the most recent victory here was in 1991.
Michele Canini – who spent many years with Cagliari – perhaps was still a little frozen, as within 120 seconds he had accidentally bundled the ball over the line! Marco Sau burst down the left and pulled back, but the attempted clearance only resulted in an own goal.
Luigi Giorgi had the chance to put Atalanta on level terms, but side-footed well wide from 10 yards. Victor Ibarbo curled over from a very promising position after Michele Ferri’s error, then Giacomo Bonaventura turned outside the box for a fierce shot that Michael Agazzi fingertipped out of the far top corner.
German Denis thought he had scored on 41 minutes with a diving header from the Maxi Moralez cross, but Francesco Pisano managed to get a touch for a decisive goalline clearance.
Atalanta did equalise with a diving header from defender Guglielmo Stendardo, as he met the corner at the near post and glanced it across the goalkeeper.
Andrea Consigli misjudged a cross, but was fortunate no opponents were there to make the most of the error.
Facundo Parra nodded just over the bar, but Atalanta went down to 10 men after Giorgi’s second bookable offence.
In the final minute, Daniele Conti’s overhead kick was over the bar, as Cagliari pushed forward in a bid to make the most of the extra man.
Sent off: Giorgi 80 (A)