Lucas Castro inspired Cagliari with two fantastic crosses for the head of Joao Pedro and Leonardo Pavoletti to beat Bologna 2-0.
The Sardinians were in dire need of a boost after two points from four rounds, but had to do without Ragnar Klavan and Charalampos Lykogiannis, with Luca Ceppitelli only fit for the bench. Bologna had won two of their last three games, but missed Rodrigo Palacio, Andrea Poli and Filip Helander.
Cagliari had not beaten Bologna here since 2012, when Radja Nainggolan got the decisive goal, so end a run of four defeats and three draws.
The hosts broke through when Lucas ‘Pata’ Castro nutmegged his marker and skipped down the left, but when the cross came in, Joao Pedro was left criminally unmarked for a free header.
Cagliari lost veteran defender Darijo Srna to a knock, while Joao Pedro turned another header over the bar this time.
Castro had another good run, shrugging off two tackles before threading through for Joao Pedro, but Lukasz Skorupski rushed off his line to smother.
Diego Falcinelli’s turn and shot was deflected inches wide off Filippo Romagna, but the linesman didn’t give a corner, while Castro blasted over from distance.
Bologna’s best chance came just shy of the hour mark, with Alessio Cragno at full stretch to fingertip the Adam Nagy snapshot round the base of the far post.
At the other end, Lukasz Skorupski palmed a Joao Pedro curler out of the far bottom corner, but Castro confirmed his Man of the Match performance with another excellent assist.
Castro cut inside from the right flank, placed the cross to the back post on to the head of Leonardo Pavoletti with the outside of his right boot.
Cragno kept the clean sheet intact, getting down very quickly to palm away Blerim Dzemaili’s daisy-cutter. This means Bologna remain the only side without an away goal in Serie A this season.
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