Serie A Week 23 - 4 Feb 2018 (14.00 UK)
Cagliari 2 - 0
Cigarini 34 (C), Sau 78 (C)
Stadio Sant'Elia

Cagliari swept SPAL aside at the Sardegna Arena for a potentially crucial relegation dogfight result.

Fabio Pisacane sat out a ban for the hosts, with Filiipo Romagna and Senna Miangue injured, but crucially Joao Pedro was finally available again after his lengthy suspension. SPAL missed Pa Konate, Eros Schiavon and ex-Cagliari striker Marco Borriello.

Cagliari broke through with a scorching strike, as Luca Cigarini gathered from 25 metres out and unleashed a powerful finish that bounced in off the inside of the far post.

Alex Meret performed a desperate reaction save to deny Marco Andreolli’s header from close range.

Cagliari thought they had doubled their lead with Joao Pedro, but the goal was disallowed via VAR showed Diego Farias was already offside in the build-up.

Veteran forward Marco Sau came off the bench and did get on the scoresheet four minutes later, as Leandro Castan’s inspired back-heel flick on a Luca Ceppitelli pass sent Sau clear to fire in the angled drive from close range.

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Cagliari: Cragno; Andreolli, Ceppitelli, Castan; Faragò, Cigarini, Barella (Dessena 88), Padoin; Joao Pedro (Ionita 81); Pavoletti, Farias (Sau 74)
: Meret; Cionek, Vicari (Schiattarella 82), Felipe, Lazzari, Kurtic, Viviani (Paloschi 67), Grassi, Mattiello (Costa 59), Floccari, Antenucci
Ref: Massa