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Italian Serie A

Sant'Elia (ATT 6,500) 8th December 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Cagliari Cagliari vs Genoa Genoa

Cagliari 2

M Sau (76, 90+2)


Genoa 1

A Gilardino (16)
T Manfredini (S/O 43)

Sau double sinks Genoa

Last Updated: 08/12/13 5:17pm

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Marco Sau celebrates for Cagliari

Marco Sau celebrates for Cagliari

Marco Sau struck twice inside the final 13 minutes as Cagliari battled back from a goal down to see off 10-man Genoa 2-1.

Alberto Gilardino fired the visitors in front inside 20 minutes but Genoa suffered a setback two minutes before the break when Thomas Manfredini was dismissed for a second caution.

The visitors weathered the Cagliari storm for much of the second half before finally succumbing when Sau opened his account in the 77th minute, before the Italy international bagged the winner in the final minute.

Seventeen minutes had gone when Genoa, who came into the match on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, took the lead through Gilardino's smart finish from Francesco Lodi's assist.

Gilardino then had a golden chance to make it two just before the half-hour when he beat the offside trap but could only fire wastefully over.

Genoa's lead appeared under little threat but all that changed on 43 minutes when Manfredini, already on a yellow card, was dismissed after a foul on Daniele Conti.

The hosts looked to make the most of their numerical advantage after the restart with Davide Astori and Mauricio Pinilla both seeing headed efforts come close to levelling.

With 56 minutes gone Conti's volley was brilliantly tipped over by Mattia Perin, before Genoa briefly broke out from their own half as Luca Antonelli saw a shot from close range kept out by Vlada Avramov.

It took a moment of class from Sau to get Cagliari level, the diminutive striker drifting past two defenders before firing a powerful shot beyond Perin.

The Genoa goalkeeper looked as though he had secured a point for his side when he saved well from Conti's curling effort in the 84th minute, but there was still time for the hosts to win it as Nene's spectacular attempt fell to Sau and the striker did the rest from close range.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7