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1 vs 1
Played
September 29, 2013 9:00 AM EDT
Stadio Nereo Rocco — Trieste
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 6000‎
 
Top of the Match
Michael Agazzi
Michael Agazzi
Cagliari
Yuto Nagatomo
Yuto Nagatomo
Inter
Flop of the Match
Fredy Guarín
Fredy Guarín
Inter
Fredy Guarín
Fredy Guarín
Inter

Cagliari 1-1 Inter: Nainggolan nets to keep Mazzarri's men off top spot

The midfielder fired home a deflected equalizer in the closing minutes to cancel out Mauro Icardi's header and extend the Nerazzurri's winless run in Sardinia.

Radja Nainggolan - Cagliari
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Inter Milan extended its unbeaten start to the Serie A season but could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Cagliari on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri came into the match on the back of four wins and a draw from their opening five games, and the fourth-placed side had only lost to Cagliari twice since 1995. Halftime substitute Mauro Icardi scored the game’s first goal with 15 minutes remaining, but Radja Nainggolan struck even later to earn the home side a point at the Stadio Nereo Rocco.

The hosts made only two changes from Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Livorno as Albin Ekdal and Nene missed out in favor of Matias Cabrera and Mauricio Pinilla.

Inter picked up a commendable win over Fiorentina in its last fixture, but coach Walter Mazzarri still opted to rotate his players. Jonathan, Hugo Campagnaro, Saphir Taider and Rodrigo Palacio all took places on the bench, while Rolando, Alvaro Pereira, Mateo Kovacic and Ishak Belfodil started.

The share of possession in the opening exchanges was even, but Inter looked considerably more dangerous going forward.

Belfodil did well down the right just before the 10th minute as he cut a pass back to Fredy Guarin, but goalkeeper Michael Agazzi tipped his deflected effort over the bar. Agazzi was Cagliari’s savior again 23 minutes in as he got down to keep Belfodil’s header out after the Algerian connected with Yuto Nagatomo’s cross.

There was little Agazzi could do moments after the half-hour mark as Ricky Alvarez cut in from the right and fired a dipping shot towards the far corner, but the Argentinian’s effort flew just over the crossbar.

The second period took a while to get into a steady flow, but Inter was convinced it had taken the lead in the 61st minute. Halftime substitute Icardi headed Pereira’s cross back across goal, with the Uruguayan turning home after David Astori had cleared the initial effort, but the referee ruled it out for a foul by Kovacic.

Pereira soon had another chance, however. Belfodil crossed excellently to the back post and the former Porto man met it with his head, but he could only put it wide.

Agim Ibraimi missed a glorious chance to break the deadlock with a volleyed effort from close range, and he was punished soon after as Inter took the lead.

Nagatomo cleverly got behind the Cagliari defense and played the ball across the face of the goal for Icardi to head home, giving the home side less than 15 minutes to find an equalizer.

Inter looked destined to leave Sardinia with three points for the first time since 2010, but, with less than 10 minutes to play, Nainggolan cut in from the left and saw his powerful strike deflect past the helpless Samir Handanovic, rescuing a point for Cagliari and preventing Inter from joining Juventus and Napoli atop Serie A.


Cagliari

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Michael Agazzi
Goalkeeper
4.50
8
Danilo Avelar
Defender
3.00
13
Davide Astori
Defender
3.00
15
Luca Rossettini
Defender
37′
2.50
24
Gabriele Perico
Defender
3.00
23
Radja Nainggolan
Midfielder
57′ 83′
4.00
5
Daniele Conti
Midfielder
14′
3.50
21
Daniele Dessena
Midfielder
3.00
22
Matías Cabrera
Midfielder
61′
3.00
23
3.50
51
3.00

Inter

3.00
1
3.00
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
32′
3.00
23
3.50
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
2.50
35
Rolando
Defender
4.00
55
3.50
10
3.00
11
2.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
3.00
19
2.50
39

Substitutes

25
Vlada Avramov
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
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29
 - 
16
 - 
9
Marco Sau
Striker
74′
3.50
10
2.50
18
Nenê
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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12
 - 
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Luca Maniero
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Jonathan
Defender
 - 
6
 - 
14
 - 
18
Wallace
Defender
 - 
25
 - 
17
 - 
21
Saphir Taider
Midfielder
4.00
8
4.00
9
2.00
22

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0