Toro runs away, Cagliari takes him back with a magic from Joao Pedro

The reverse pearl of the blue aspirant equalized the own goal of Carboni who had thrown the grenade in the first half

by our correspondent Mario Pagliara

The Bull also sticks the evening in Cagliari, and confirms that he has not been cured of a travel sickness for which Juric does not find a solution. Mazzarri, on the other hand, gets a well-deserved point, proving that his team has the right character to hope to get out of this ranking. In the first half the grenades took the lead thanks to an own goal by Carboni, in the second half a splendid bicycle from Joao Pedro fixed the score at 1-1.

Sardinian heart

There are some whistles at half-time from the home stands, but there is the distinct sensation of a discordant note at the end of the first half played by Cagliari with great heart and dignity. Because for the first half hour Juric’s Bull waits and starts again, but above all respects the character that Mazzarri’s team puts into it. The start is a race of the Sardinians often ended in a dead end, or that hits the wall erected by Bremer, other times stemmed by the splendid interpretation that Lukic and Pobega sign of a game that initially presents for Toro those difficulties that Juric had hypothesized on the eve. Necessary premise: it is not a first half of good football, but certainly on the one hand you can see the desire to react to the difficult moment Cagliari went through, on the other a solid, tough and cynical Taurus emerges. In some ways it is an away version of Juric’s line-up that had never been seen before, which he was used to playing the game. This time it waits, and then it hits.

the own goal

Yes, because if the island pressure does not manage to produce much, except for a header from Ceppitelli (23 ‘, just outside on a cross from Marin), it is undoubtedly a merit of a Toro who falls perfectly in the part and in the spirit. of the evening. There is little or no risk, and when it happens, it happens due to Aina’s repeated mistakes on the right, as in the 25th minute when Cagliari restarts from a wrong pass by the Nigerian winger. But Milinkovic is very skilled in intercepting Nandez’s pass for Joao Pedro. The grenade waiting game is released shortly after the half hour, when Cragno does not hold back on a conclusion from Pobega. Sanabria has the merit of believing in it and launching on the rebound, producing Carboni’s own goal. It is 31 ‘, the Taurus puts his head forward. Nothing else happens until half-time, when those whistles are raised for the Cagliari players from the stands, which just don’t fit.

joao’s bicycle

At the beginning of the second half, Juric replaced the already booked Pobega with Baselli. Cagliari gets back to playing with his head down, trying to create openings in the defense of Toro. The grenades wrong the approach of the second half, with a very uncertain restart paying immediately for the absence of Pobega. And between the 6 ‘and 10’, Cagliari produces three clear chances. The first was born on a cross from Caceres on which Joao Pedro pounced on his head (Buongiorno loses it) but in front he finds himself a super Milinkovic. Two minutes later Aina commits a serious error in marking by Ceppitelli, on a cross from Bellanova, the action closes it with a beautiful bicycle Joao Pedro: unstoppable conclusion, it is the 1-1. At 10 ‘the Bull swerves again, and thanks luck because Ceppitelli’s header flies high over the crossbar. After the one by one, Juric plays the cards Zaza (for Sanabria) and Praet (for Brekalo. Mazzarri responds with Pavoletti in place of Keita. And as the game slips away, the ball of the evening falls on Praet’s feet (37 ‘): the Belgian’s diagonal is too strangled by a super favorable position: he ends up shortly after (40’) Baselli’s lob is not lucky.

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Toro runs away, Cagliari takes him back with a magic from Joao Pedro