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Cagliari 1-1 Napoli

Cagliari score

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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cagliari 1, Napoli 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cagliari 1, Napoli 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Valon Behrami (Napoli).

  4. Post update

    Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Daniele Dessena.

  6. Post update

    Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniele Dessena (Cagliari).

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cagliari. Agim Ibraimi replaces Andrea Cossu.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Duván Zapata replaces Goran Pandev.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Cagliari. Albin Ekdal tries a through ball, but Davide Astori is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Anthony Réveillere (Napoli).

  17. Post update

    Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari).

  19. Post update

    Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 21st December 2013

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