A pair of Daniele Conti free kicks gave Cagliari the much-needed victory over Torino.
This mid-table tussle had teams desperate to get back on track. Cagliari were coming off three consecutive defeats, while Toro were without a win in five, but fresh from becoming the first side to stop Roma’s perfect record. Michael Agazzi and Albin Ekdal were injured for the hosts, but Marcelo Larrondo, Guillermo Rodriguez and Alexander Farnerud missed the trip.
Last season this fixture was a spectacular 4-3 home win. Cagliari came out fighting and Victor Ibarbo’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal, then Daniele Padelli had his palms stung by a Sebastian Eriksson screamer and Danilo D’Ambrosio charged down the Radja Nainggolan follow-up.
Nicola Murru was decisive with intelligent defending to rob Alessio Cerci as he was pulling the trigger on a rapid counter-attack.
Vlada Avramov, standing in for the injured Agazzi, got down to push a fierce Ciro Immobile snapshot round the upright. Before the break Cerci pounced on a ricochet and his angled drive again found Avramov’s gloves.
Cagliari eventually broke the deadlock just before half-time. Daniele Conti hit one of his trademark free kicks from distance that split the Toro wall to beat Padelli at the near bottom corner.
Torino equalised early into the second period when Omar El Kaddouri found Immobile with a through ball, he skipped past Rossettini and placed the angled drive into the far bottom corner.
Nainggolan was booked for a late challenge on Mattia Brighi and will be suspended against Roma.
Just as a draw seemed inevitable, a free kick was touched on for Conti’s absolute rocket under the bar from distance.