Cagliari stay in Serie A for another season after a penalty and moment of Dias Felipe madness took down Parma.
The Sardinians had practically secured their Serie A status, but the Ducali needed points to keep their Europa League dreams alive. Gabriel Paletta sat out a ban for the visitors, while Victor Ibarbo and goalkeeper Vlada Avramov were also suspended for Cagliari. The hosts also missed Adryan, Matias Vecino, Albin Ekdal, Nene and Cabrera.
The last time Parma lost in Sardinia was in 2009-10, followed by two draws and a victory. Roberto Donadoni was given a warm greeting by fans, who fondly remember his time at Cagliari.
Sebastian Eriksson hit a great shot at the near post after just six minutes, which Antonio Mirante parried on to the upright from six yards.
Danilo Avelar and Antonio Cassano had long-range efforts deflected out for corners, while goalkeeper Marco Silvestri palmed a Cassano free kick round the post. FantAntonio also managed to turn Davide Astori to drill just wide.
The referee awarded a penalty when Daniele Dessena burst into the box and Alessandro Lucarelli very clumsily stuck an arm out in his face to cut him off. Mauricio Pinilla converted successfully, sending Mirante the wrong way.
Cassano threatened an equaliser straight away, but his finish was inches over the bar. Parma came out fighting for the second half with a series of chances, as Silvestri flew to parry an Afriyie Acquah header.
However, Dias Felipe lost his cool and potentially Parma’s European hopes with a moment of madness. He fell in the box, Luca Rossettini accused him of diving and the Brazilian reacted by punching him in the face. Dias Felipe continued to rage after the red card and had to be dragged away by Pinilla as he tried desperately to run back into the fray. It’s safe to say he will receive a lengthy ban.
The visitors continued to pressure even with 10 men, as Jonathan Biabiany got a touch to amauri’s cross, turning just over the bar.
At the other end Marco Sau’s strike was fingertipped over by Mirante and Biabiany fired straight at Silvestri.
Parma were still very much in the game and Silvestri flew for a fantastic one-handed fingertip save on Amauri’s free header from a Cassano free kick.
Silvestri only started due to Avramov’s ban, but was decisive on Acquah’s blockbuster from distance.
Sent off: Dias Felipe 53 (P)