Victor Ibarbo bagged a hat-trick to end Sampdoria’s six-match unbeaten streak at the empty Is Arenas.
This game was played behind closed doors due to the on-going problems with the Is Arenas safety certificate. Cagliari President Massimo Cellino is still under house arrest over accusations of embezzlement and fraud on the construction of the stadium.
Daniele Conti missed out along with the suspended Francesco Pisano, while Sampdoria had both Daniele Gastaldello and Nenad Krsticic banned. The Blucerchiati were unbeaten in six with just one goal conceded, but Cagliari’s run of seven positive results was ended last week.
The Sardinians broke through with the first chance of the game, as Thiago Ribeiro flicked on a cross-field pass for Albin Ekdal, this shot was beaten away by the goalkeeper, but only into the path of Victor Ibarbo for the tap-in.
Ibarbo’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal as he threatened a second for Cagliari. Michael Agazzi got a knock at the end of the first half and had to be substituted by Vlada Avramov.
Murru pulled back for Ibarbo, whose chip was off target when one-on-one with Sergio Romero.
Cagliari doubled their lead from a corner, as Ibarbo was given time and space to chest it down and smash into the roof of the net from six yards.
Ibarbo completed his remarkable hat-trick, as he turned a header into the ground at the back post from Andrea Cossu’s sweeping cross.
In the final minute, Luca Rossettini was sent off for preventing a clear scoring opportunity when tripping Eder. Maxi Lopez converted the resulting penalty to give Sampdoria a consolation goal.
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Sent off: Rossettini 89 (C)