Cagliari may well be left to rue another missed opportunity to get themselves out of the danger zone after this goalless draw with Bologna.
The Sardinians simply had to win in order to break away from the bottom three, as their run-in looks extremely difficult, but had to do without Daniele Dessena, Diego Farias, Senna Miangue, Andrea Cossu and Joao Pedro, though Luca Cigarini and Nicolò Barella returned from suspension. Bologna had an injury crisis on their hands, missing Mattia Destro, Vasilis Torosidis, Erick Pulgar, Filip Helander and Godfred Donsah, so Roberto Donadoni moved to a 3-5-2 formation.
Simone Verdi should’ve given the visitors the lead on 21 minutes when meeting an Adam Masina low cross, but swept the angled drive inches wide of the far post.
Cagliari missed an even bigger sitter just before half-time, as Paolo Faragò whipped in the cross for Leonardo Pavoletti, who went for the half-volley and fired over from point-blank range.
It was a fiery start to the second half, as Marco Sau had the ball in the net, but only after he was controversially adjudged to have pushed his marker.
Cagliari had a couple of excellent chances, Antonio Mirante fingertipping a glancing Sau header round the far bottom corner of the post and Pavoletti nodding the resulting corner over the bar.
In stoppages, Ibrahima Mbaye made a decisive block on Pavoletti from five yards from a Simone Padoin knock-down.
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