Some scandalous Udinese defending proved decisive, as Cagliari came away from the Dacia Arena with a shock victory.
It was an odd situation for the Friulani, who with the Lazio game called off due to flooding and the break for international duty, hadn’t played a game in almost a month. The Sardinians were hoping to pick up where they left off, beating Hellas Verona for the first win under new Coach Diego Lopez. Emil Hallfredsson and Jens Stryger Larsen missed out for the hosts, with Barak seeking his third goal in as many games.
Udinese missed an early sitter, as Rafael only beat away the Antonin Barak scorcher and Maxi Lopez incredibly nodded the rebound wide from six yards.
Luca Ceppitelli stopped a Rodrigo De Paul cross reaching Maxi Lopez on the counter, but Leonardo Pavoletti threatened at the other end with his low volley parried by Albano Bizzarri after an inspired Artur Ionita back-heel flick.
Bizzarri came to the rescue again when he flapped the Paolo Faragò cross-shot off the head of Joao Pedro, then with a low fingertip save as Pavoletti turned on a sixpence.
A dangerous De Paul free kick flashed past everyone and the far post, but Cagliari broke the deadlock thanks to some scandalous defending.
A Nicolo Barella cross was allowed to bounce in the box, Danilo, Silvan Widmer and goalkeeper Rafael all stood there waiting for someone else to react and Joao Pedro snuck in to score.
Cagliari were pushing harder for another goal and Bizzarri fingertipped the Diego Farias strike round the upright, but Stipe Perica and Maxi Lopez also kept Rafael busy at the other end.
There was a strange incident deep into stoppages, as Bizzarri rushed outside the box to tackle Farago and the Cagliari man went down. After several minutes and the VAR viewing, the referee opted to send off Bizzarri.
Sent off: Bizzarri 98 (U)