It ended goalless at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste, as Cagliari and Chievo failed to take their chances.
Both teams were essentially safe and mid-table, while Cagliari continued using Trieste as their temporary home due to restructuring work at the Stadio Sant’Elia. Sebastian Eriksson, Daniele Dessena, Rui Sampaio and Moustafa El Kabir were the usual absentees, while Chievo had Bostjan Cesar suspended, Davide Moscardelli, Marco Andreolli and Nikola Gulan injured, making five changes from Tuesday’s game.
Alberto Paloschi fired straight at the goalkeeper, while Andrea Cossu’s angled drive was deflected out for a corner.
Chievo were forced into a substitution after 17 minutes when Dario Dainelli picked up a muscular problem, so Nicolas Frey moved to centre-back. Daniele Conti charged down a Cyril Thereau effort and Cagliari immediately went on the counter for Thiago Ribeiro’s strike to skim the woodwork.
Paloschi had the ball in the back of the net on the half-hour, but it was correctly ruled offside from Thereau’s assist.
Thiago Ribeiro stung Stefano Sorrentino’s palms at the near post and Pinilla nodded wide from a strong Lorenzo Ariaudo counter-attack.
Victor Ibarbo burst through the middle only to blast wide of the target, while Pinilla nodded Cossu’s assist straight at Sorrentino. Ibarbo only glanced his head on to a Francesco Pisano cross and another good opportunity went to waste as the substitute got the ball trapped under his feet.
There were few real scoring opportunities in this game, though Ibarbo blasted over under pressure from Boukary Drame and in stoppages Gennaro Sardo nodded a Michael Bradley corner inches wide.