Match ends, Cagliari 1, Napoli 1.
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.
- 14PisanoBooked at 74mins
- 8AvelarSubstituted forEkdalat 45'minutes
- 34Del Fabro
- 7CossuSubstituted forIbraimiat 85'minutes
- 18Miguel da SilvaBooked at 5minsSubstituted forPinillaat 14'minutes
- 25ReinaSubstituted forBarbosaat 45+3'minutes
- 85BehramiBooked at 65mins
- 7CallejónBooked at 41mins
- 19PandevSubstituted forZapataat 82'minutes
- 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 71'minutes
- Paolo Valeri
- Shots on Target
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, Cagliari. Agim Ibraimi replaces Andrea Cossu.
Offside, Cagliari. Albin Ekdal tries a through ball, but Andrea Cossu is caught offside.
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).