SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 19 Feb 2021 (19.45 UK)
Cagliari 0 - 1 Torino
Bremer 76 (T)
Sardegna Arena

Cagliari dominated the first half, but capitulated to a Bremer header as Torino take the away victory in a relegation six-pointer.

These clubs both won the Serie A title in their time, but were stuck in the bottom four, making this a tense relegation dogfight. The Sardinians were without a win since November 7, managing five points from 15 rounds, with Marko Rog and Riccardo Sottil injured. Toro had drawn all five games under new coach Davide Nicola, but had four players ruled out by COVID, including Antonio Sanabria and Karol Linetty.

Cristian Ansaldi and Nahitan Nandez drilled wide, while Joao Pedro twice forced desperate sliding blocks just inside the penalty area by Armando Izzo and Bremer.

Cagliari grew into the game after a tense start, Giovanni Simeone’s strike deflected off Bremer to skim the far post and Razvan Marin blasted just over.

Joao Pedro should’ve done better when scuffing the finish wide from 12 yards on a Gabriele Zappa assist and Izzo charged down Radja Nainggolan’s attempt.

Salvatore Sirigu had to intercept as Simeone came sliding in from six yards and on the resulting corner the header was just wide of the near post.

Simeone blasted another over the bar from Nainggolan’s assist, while Sirigu flew to fingertip Joao Pedro’s header over the bar.

Simone Zaza did have a rare Torino foray forward, his angled drive deflected by Alessio Cragno’s outstretched foot, as the visitors emerged from their shell after the hour mark.

The momentum of the game had changed and Toro took the lead when Bremer was allowed a free header on a corner, as Diego Godin didn’t jump and Zappa failed to clear off the line.

It was very nearly 2-0 on 84 minutes, but Cragno made a desperate save on Belotti from point-blank range after he was sent clear by Wilfried Singo.

Again, as Cagliari poured forward, it was Torino who nearly scored another, Cragno with a great reaction save on Tomas Rincon set up by Belotti.

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Cagliari: Cragno; Ceppitelli (Pereiro 79), Godin, Rugani; Zappa (Duncan 89), Nandez, Marin, Lykogiannis; Nainggolan (Pavoletti 79), Joao Pedro; Simeone (Cerri 70)
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Bremer; Singo (Vojvoda 88), Rincon, Mandragora, Lukic (Baselli 78), Ansaldi; Zaza (Bonazzoli 78), Belotti
Ref: Orsato