Torino fought back for a 3-2 thriller at the Stadio Sant’Elia, including North Korean Kwang Song Han’s historic header for Cagliari.
This was bound to be an entertaining encounter between two sides who favoured attack rather than defence this season. Daniele Dessena, Nicolo Barella and Federico Melchiorri missed out for the hosts, while Luca Rossettini was suspended and Joel Obi injured.
Cagliari wore a special jersey based on the one they wore when winning the Scudetto.
Carlao made his Serie A debut and went close with a diving header wide, but was caught out on a Cagliari set play by hauling down Artur Ionita. Marco Borriello converted the penalty, even though Joe Hart did get a hand to it.
Torino lost Juan Manuel Iturbe to injury, but did draw level when Adem Ljajic surged forward and unleashed a shot from a huge distance, dipping viciously into the far top corner.
The hosts were forced into a change too, losing hitman Borriello to a knock. Toro took more and more control of the game, turning it around completely with Andrea Belotti’s header. It was his 24th Serie A goal of the season.
Afriyie Acquah unleashed a screamer under the bar from 20 yards out, though a slight deflection wrong-footed Rafael as he tried to swing an arm at it.
Antonio Barreca’s strike whistled just wide and another attempt was straight at Rafael on Iago Falque’s through ball.
Belotti could’ve had his 25th of the season in the final minutes, but the snapshot clipped the outside of the near post on a Ljajic assist.
Acquah saw red for a mistimed tackle from behind on Joao Pedro and Iago Falque saw his curler smack the woodwork where the crossbar meets the far post.
Cagliari scored an historic goal in stoppages, as Kwang Song Han became the first ever North Korean to find the net in Serie A. He was in the right place for his header on a Diego Farias cross from the left by-line.
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Sent off: Acquah 92 (T)