Italian Serie A
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Cagliari 1-1 Napoli

Napoli played out a disappointing Serie A draw away to Cagliari.

Mid-table Cagliari led within 10 minutes when Nene swept in under Pepe Reina but in the 19th minute Gonzalo Higuain equalised with a penalty after Goran Pandev was fouled in the box.

The visitors lost Reina, on loan from Liverpool, to what looked like a hamstring injury towards the end of the first half. The 31-year-old was making his return after two weeks on the sidelines.

Jose Callejon thought he had won the match for Rafael Benitez's Napoli with his shot from outside the box but referee Paolo Valeri was insistent that one of the Spaniard's offside team-mates in the box had got the final touch and disallowed it.

The result leaves Napoli seven points behind leaders Juventus and two off second-placed Roma, having played a game more than both.

Cagliari move up two places to 11th, overtaking AC Milan, who face Inter in Sunday's derby.

Saturday's other Serie A match saw Udinese beat Livorno 2-1. Nicolas Lopez gave them the lead before Luca Siligardi's equaliser. But Thomas Heurtaux's second-half strike took Udinese up to 10th and left Livorno third from bottom.

Line-ups

Cagliari

  • 25Avramov
  • 14PisanoBooked at 74mins
  • 8AvelarSubstituted forEkdalat 45'minutes
  • 5Conti
  • 34Del Fabro
  • 13Astori
  • 21Dessena
  • 7CossuSubstituted forIbraimiat 85'minutes
  • 9Sau
  • 18Miguel da SilvaBooked at 5minsSubstituted forPinillaat 14'minutes
  • 4Nainggolan

Substitutes

  • 10Ibraimi
  • 19Oikonomou
  • 20Ekdal
  • 22Cabrera
  • 26Adán
  • 29Murru
  • 51Pinilla

Napoli

  • 25ReinaSubstituted forBarbosaat 45+3'minutes
  • 11Maggio
  • 2Réveillere
  • 85BehramiBooked at 65mins
  • 21Fernández
  • 33Albiol
  • 7CallejónBooked at 41mins
  • 20Dzemaili
  • 9Higuaín
  • 19PandevSubstituted forZapataat 82'minutes
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Uvini
  • 5Britos
  • 14Mertens
  • 15Colombo
  • 22Radosevic
  • 27Armero
  • 88Inler
  • 91Zapata
Referee:
Paolo Valeri

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Cagliari 1, Napoli 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cagliari 1, Napoli 1.
Foul by Valon Behrami (Napoli).
Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Daniele Dessena.
Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniele Dessena (Cagliari).
Attempt saved. Marco Sau (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio Pinilla with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Agim Ibraimi replaces Andrea Cossu.
Offside, Cagliari. Albin Ekdal tries a through ball, but Andrea Cossu is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Duván Zapata replaces Goran Pandev.
Attempt missed. Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Francesco Pisano with a cross following a fast break.
Offside, Cagliari. Albin Ekdal tries a through ball, but Davide Astori is caught offside.
Hand ball by Anthony Réveillere (Napoli).
Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari).
Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari).

Booking

Francesco Pisano (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Francesco Pisano (Cagliari).
Offside, Napoli. José Callejón tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.
Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marco Sau (Cagliari).
Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Daniele Conti (Cagliari).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.
Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Raúl Albiol.
Offside, Cagliari. Daniele Conti tries a through ball, but Marco Sau is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Daniele Conti (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Cossu from a direct free kick.

Booking

Valon Behrami (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Valon Behrami (Napoli).
Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Daniele Dessena (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).
Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Goran Pandev.
Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).
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