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Sant'Elia (ATT 10,000) 14th April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Celi

Cagliari Cagliari vs Inter Milan Inter

Cagliari 2

M Pinilla (pen 63, 76)


Inter 0

Home comforts for Cagliari

Last Updated: 14/04/13 5:15pm

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Mauricio Pinilla celebrates for Cagliari

Mauricio Pinilla celebrates for Cagliari

Cagliari made a perfect return to their temporary home in Trieste as Mauricio Pinilla scored twice to down struggling Inter Milan 2-0 at the Stadio Nereo Rocco.

Inter's week spent blaming officials' decisions for their disappointing campaign ended with another controversial penalty call as Pinilla fired the rehoused Sardinians ahead midway through the second half before hitting the winner 15 minutes from time.

Cagliari have left the doomed Stadio Is Arenas to move back to the Rocco, where they closed out last season, but the 600-mile journey north east did not adversely affect their players, who now find themselves in the top half of the Serie A table.

Inter, meanwhile, drop to seventh on the back of a second consecutive defeat, with the prospect of Champions League, or even Europa League football for next season fading fast.

Esteban Cambiasso cleared Daniele Conti's fierce finish before Davide Astori swept up Javier Zanetti's treacherous cross in the early exchanges.

Then, minutes after Samir Handanovic had denied Daniele Dessena, Inter raced up the other end.

A deft exchange between Cambiasso, Tommaso Rocchi and Ricky Alvarez saw the veteran midfielder clip a post with a deft flick.

Alvarez would dominate the next 10 minutes, his surge on goal closed down by Gabriele Perico before Luca Rossettini blocked his ball across the box for Rocchi.

The former Velez Sarsfield man then wowed the Rocco as he nutmegged Perico with a backheel only for his finish to sail wide.

Inter would waste two more chances to take the lead before the break.

The build-up from a Nerazzurri corner saw Mateo Kovacic blast over the bar with Alvarez darting a powerful left-footed drive just over the crossbar.

Rocchi betrayed his 35 years to threaten an opener in acrobatic style following the restart, but the former Lazio man's shot on the turn was parried by Agazzi.

It was a moment Inter would live to regret as Cagliari took the lead from the spot in the 61st minute.

When Pinilla went down easily in the box from a Matias Silvestre challenge, the latter was booked before the Chilean dusted himself off to beat Handanovic down the middle.

Inter came close to an equaliser when Rocchi tried to convert Silvestre's spilled header, and Fredy Guarin had needed just a little more accuracy with a daisy-cutter.

Cagliari's second goal may have lacked the grace of their opponents' keen efforts but Pinilla could not be accused of gamesmanship on this occasion.

A swift exchange with Santiago Cabrera brought the Chilean stumbling into the area, where he somehow recovered to dig his sweet finish high into the roof of the net.

Inter were now at sixes and sevens and were only spared the embarrassment of conceding a third goal by the width of the bar as Ibarbo raced onto a Thiago Ribeiro ball over the top.

Cagliari's work was done, however, and the travelling Sardinians rode out a comfortable finish to reach 10th place.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9

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