SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 1 Feb 2013 (19.45 UK)
Roma 2 - 4 Cagliari
Totti 35 (R) Marquinho 90 (R); Nainggolan 4 (C), Goicoechea OG 46 (C), Sau 53 (C) Pisano 71 (C)
Stadio Olimpico

Goals from Radja Nainggolan, Marco Sau and Francesco Pisano, as well as an own goal from Mauro Goicoechea, gave Cagliari a 4-2 win over Roma.

Zdenek Zeman went into the match naming near-enough his strongest available XI - Erik Lamela, Pablo Osvaldo and Totti made up the front-three, whilst Mauro Goicoechea started in goal. The Isolani meanwhile called upon the attacking talents of Thiago Ribeiro, Victor Ibarbo and Marco Sau.

The reverse fixture between these two had seen the capital club handed a 3-0 win without a ball even being kicked, so it was clear that Ivo Pulga’s men would be out for revenge. And they couldn’t have got off to a better start as Nainggolan tapped in a Sau cross after just four minutes.

After that dreadful start however, the Giallorossi started to get back in the match. Lamela and Ivan Piris both had efforts at goal – but both saw their strikes fly over the bar. On the 35 minutes though, they finally got the equaliser thanks to Totti. The influential captain curled a 25 yard free-kick round the wall and past Michael Agazzi to take the sides’ level going into the break.

After the interval though - and after all that good attacking work from Roma - the away team hit them with two sucker punch, quick-fire goals. First, Goicoechea dropped a Danilo Avelar cross into the net for an own goal, and then just six minutes later a ball from Victor Ibarbo into the area found Sau, who headed home for 3-1.

The Lupi kept pressing for a way back into the game. Daniele De Rossi and Totti had efforts on target, and as 62 per cent possession demonstrates – they never wavered from the Zeman philosophy. But it just wasn’t enough for the hosts as Cagliari added a fourth with 15 minutes to go –  Pisano firing in from 12 yards out this time.

Still the Stadio Olimpico team looked for a second goal, and they got it with just two minutes left. Marquinho struck home from inside the box after Lamela's pass, but that was it for Roma as they were made to rue miss chances in a match they dominated.


Roma: Goicoechea; Piris, Marquinhos, Burdisso, Dodò; Bradley, Tachtsidis (De Rossi 60), Florenzi (Marquinho 60); Lamela, Osvaldo, Totti
Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Rossettini (Perico 77), Astori, Avelar; Ekdal, Conti (Casarini 81), Nainggolan; Thiago Ribeiro (Cossu 88), Ibarbo, Sau.
Ref: Romeo