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Sant'Elia (ATT 10,000) 30th September 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Damato

Cagliari Cagliari vs Pescara Pescara

Cagliari 1

L Rossettini (S/O 54)
M Pinilla (82)

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Pescara 2

C Terlizzi (50)
V Weiss (76)

Cagliari's woes continue

Last Updated: 30/09/12 5:03pm

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Pescara celebrate Christian Terlizzi's goal.

Pescara celebrate Christian Terlizzi's goal.

Cagliari's recent woes continued as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Pescara at a scarcely-populated Stadio Is Arenas.

Goals from Christian Terlizzi and Vladimir Weiss lifted Pescara to a second win in five days and heaped further misery on Cagliari, who replied late on through a Mauricio Pinilla penalty but also lost Luca Rossettini to a red card.

The Sardinian club's start to the new season has been blighted by rows over the safety of their new stadium, and played on Sunday in front of around 5,000 season-ticket holders after being permitted to open just one section of the ground.

That was at least an improvement on previous home games this season, which were declared behind-closed-doors fixtures due to safety concerns.

Matters came to a head last weekend when Cagliari club president Massimo Cellino defied local authority orders by instructing fans to attend their home game with Roma.

As a result of Cellino's announcement, the game was cancelled and a 3-0 walkover victory was awarded to Roma.

The ruling was followed by a 2-0 loss to AC Milan, with this result condemning Cagliari to a third defeat in a week and bottom spot in the Serie A standings.

The hosts had the best of what chances there were in a cagey first period, with Victor Ibarbo and Marco Sau both firing just wide with the clearest openings, but all the drama was reserved for the second half.

The breakthrough arrived in the 49th minute when Terlizzi's free-kick took a deflection off the defensive wall and nestled in the left corner of Michael Agazzi's net.

Five minutes later Cagliari were in more trouble as Rossettini picked up a second yellow card following a bad foul on Weiss.

The Slovakian scored a wonder goal to secure Pescara a 1-0 win over Palermo on Wednesday and he was on target again in the 78th minute today as he turned home Matti Lund Nielsen's low cross from close range to make it two.

The hosts were given a glimmer of hope in the 82nd minute when Terlizzi handled in the area to concede a penalty that Pinilla tucked away in the left corner, but Cagliari could not force an equaliser, with Ibarbo skewing wide with their final chance a minute into stoppage time.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25