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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Celi

Genoa Genoa vs Cagliari Cagliari

Genoa 1

S De Maio (3)

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Cagliari 2

M Sau (37)
V Ibarbo (82)

Cagliari battle back

Last Updated: 19/04/14 5:34pm

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Marco Sau gets ready to find the back of the net

Marco Sau gets ready to find the back of the net

Goals from Marco Sau and Segundo Ibarbo helped Cagliari come from behind to beat Genoa 2-1 at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium on Saturday to ease their relegation fears.

Sebastian De Maio had put Genoa ahead in the third minute before Sau pulled Cagliari level before half-time.

Ibarbo scored the winner eight minutes from time to hand his side their first win on the road this season.

The victory was Cagliari's first under coach Ivo Pulga, who replaced sacked Diego Lopez earlier this month, and has lifted the Sardinian outfit to 15th place, eight points clear of the drop zone.

Genoa are two spots and three points clear of Cagliari despite losing their past four league games.

The hosts went into the game looking to end a poor run of form that had seen them win just one of their past seven games.

It looked promising for Giam Piero Gasperini's side when they went ahead in the first opportunity of the game.

Cagliari goalkeeper Vlada Avramov could not hold onto Luca Antonelli's powerful header and De Maio pounced on the loose ball to drill it

into the top-left corner of goal.

Genoa could have doubled their cushion in the 24th minute when a swift counter-attack resulted in a chance for Alberto Gilardino, but his goal-bound shot was blocked by defender Davide Astori.

The visitors equalised in the 37th minute after the Genoa defence fell asleep leaving an unmarked Sau in the box to lob the ball past Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

Cagliari pressed forward after the re-start and they could have gone ahead in the 54th minute but Sau's close-range shot went off target.

At the other end, Avramov was forced to fully stretch to clear Gilardino's free-kick towards the far post.

Cagliari searched for the winner and succeeded when Ibarbo's powerful right-footed volley from the heart of the area gave Perin no chance.

The islanders defended deeply and held on without major scares.

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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 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7