Friday August 9 2019
Friendly: Cagliari squeeze Catania draw

Cagliari scraped a late 1-1 draw with Serie C side Catania in this evening’s friendly thanks to Joao Pedro.

Radja Nainggolan was again in the starting XI, used in a trequartista role behind Alberto Cerri and Kwang-Song Han.

After an early save on Cerri, Catania took the surprise lead when Davis Curiale intercepted Fabio Pisacane’s back-pass and waltzed round goalkeeper Rafael.

Jacopo Dall’Oglio almost doubled their lead, denied by Rafael, while Han’s header skimmed the upright from a Fabrizio Cacciatore cross.

Alessandro Deiola went even closer after the restart, as he did rattled the frame of the goal with a left-foot strike.

Substitute Joao Pedro got the equaliser in the final minutes, sent through by Valter Birsa to lob the goalkeeper.

Cagliari: Rafael; Cacciatore (Lykogiannis 71), Romagna, Pisacane (Pinna 78), Mattiello (Walukiewicz 46); Deiola (Ionita 78), Cigarini (Rog 71), Oliva; Nainggolan (Pavoletti 71); Cerri (Joao Pedro 78), Han (Birsa 46)

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