Cagliari saw a penalty saved and fought back from a goal down to get the better of Hellas Verona.
This was something of a relegation tussle between two unpredictable sides. The Sardinians missed Andrea Cossu, Alessio Cragno and Marco Capuano, so Rafael was again in goal. Hellas had to do without Moise Kean, Daniel Bessa, Alex Ferrari and Matteo Bianchetti, but Bruno Zuculini returned from suspension.
Verona had won three of the last four meetings with Cagliari, home and away.
Hellas took a surprise lead within six minutes with their first header of the season, Bruno Zuculini peeling away from defenders for a glancing header from a short corner.
The hosts poured forward in waves and were awarded a penalty for Caracciolo’s trip on Marco Sau, but the Luca Cigarini penalty was central and weak, allowing Nicolas to make the save.
Leonardo Pavoletti missed a sitter by firing at Nicolas, but from the resulting corner, Cagliari got their equaliser. It was an odd debut Serie A goal for Luca Ceppitelli, who didn’t seem to know much about it, as the corner was knocked in off his thigh.
Mohamed Fares was offside when his cross found Giampolo Pazzini to turn in on 56 minutes, so the goal was disallowed and Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez sent off for dissent.
Pavoletti again aimed some weak attempts straight at Nicolas, nodding a Barella cross wide too, while Joao Pedro turned on the spot to drill inches wide.
Cagliari did finally turn the game around completely when Pavoletti knocked on a long ball for Paolo Faragò, who shrugged off terrible Samuel Souprayen defending to fire his angled drive in off the inside of the far post.
Saved penalty: Cigarini 11 (C)