19 Dec 2012

Cagliari on home soil

The Rossoblu have claimed two victories from this season’s encounters played in front of their own public

Cagliari saw in their home campaign with a 1-1 draw against Atalanta. With the visitors down to ten-men following Peluso’s dismissal before half-time, former Bianconeri midfielder Ekdal pounced to snatch a point in the last minute.

Things went from bad to worse in their next home encounter against Pescara, with the visitors’ 2-1 triumph spelling the end of Massimo Ficcadenti’s stint in the Rossoblu dugout.

The arrival of new boss Ivo Pulga inspired Cagliari to climb out of the relegation zone with a victory over Bologna. Nainggolan struck on the hour mark to make it a happy home debut for the Modena-born coach.

With momentum gathering following a change in management, Cagliari recorded their fourth consecutive Serie A success courtesy of a 4-2 win over Siena. Nene’s first-half brace was doubled by strikes from Sau and Thiago Riberio.

Despite their dramatic upturn in fortunes, Cagliari were unable to build on their strong run when Catania travelled to Sardinia, with both sides offering little in front of goal in a dull stalemate.

Cagliari’s last two home fixtures have ended in defeat. First, Napoli snatched all three points after Hamsik netted in the second half. Then, strikes from Paloschi and Thereau clinched Chievo their second away success of the campaign on Sunday 9 December.