Down well to deny Maccarone in the 19th minute but was rarely troubled by a host of dangerous players. Kept Pastore's volley out comfortably before half-time but couldn't with his thunderbolt just after.
Watchful at the back, brought an end to one of Pastore's runs towards goal with a fine tackle in the 39th minute.
Battled against Maccarone and easily came out on top. In truth a comfortable afternoon.
Used the left flank to good effect on numerous occasions, provided the assist for the third goal and solid in defense.
With Palermo's players roaming from wing to wing, the defender was often left with no-one to mark and was allowed to move forward.
Linked play well other than a couple of sideways passes which were not necessary. His performance was summed up by immense determination to win the ball and beat two Palermo players while on the floor, and then slide a perfect pass forward in the 61st minute.
A battling display quickly turned to one of caution after an early booking. Helped turn the tide from midfield in his sides favor. Got the telling touch from a corner which forced Nocerino into the own goal.
Scored his first goal of the season with the aide of a deflection, which eased his side towards three points.
Laid in Nene to strike the post and was there for the rebound to slot the ball in the net, despite being offside. Kept the Palermo defenders busy and got wide to allow Nene and Acquafresca to drift inside. Almost doubled his personal tally in the 64th minute with a header.
Troubled the Sicilian's center-backs with his presence in the air and came close with one header he just couldn't generate enough power on (36th minute). Applied pressure for the own goal and was really unlucky not to score.
Struck the post with a shot which led to the opening goal. Although he was a little quieter in the second-half, there was always a feeling he might do something special.
Perhaps was unfortunate to concede at all, but it just wasn't to be his day!
A debut to forget but some moments to remember. A stunning slide tackle on Nene in the 34th minute the highlight.
Battled hard with Acquafresca and Nene but a booking and then a poor tackle on Nainggolan prevented the captain from really exerting himself. Failed to get close enough to Agostini far too often.
Despite the center-back pairing allowing three past them, Munoz time and time again made crucial blocks; in the 30th minute showed good positioning to head clear, 50th minute to stop Matri and then the 64th on Acquafresca.
Plenty of interceptions and energy to get forward but all in all concentration and positioning went missing at times.
Scored a cracking goal but heavy tactics pushed the Argentine out the game. Caught trying to be too clever when simple passes were on.
Almost put his team in front in the 10th minute but succeeded in putting his team further behind with an own-goal.
Bypassed far too often and just didn't want the game in the way the Cagliari midfield did.
Provided a perfect pass to supply Pastore for the goal but the former Maribor man wasn't his usual self. Booked.
Booked early in the match and failed to control the game as he can after that. Possession slipped away from the Slovenian and he went missing in the middle. Replaced in the second-half.
Watched closely and couldn't wriggle free of the Rossoblu straight-jacket after escaping them once in the first-half.
- 99 F. Benussi
- 36 M. Darmian
- 77 J. Kurtič
Showed some neat touches and looked to get at the defense when he could. Almost dinked in Pastore with a chip in the 77th minute, which would have given the visitors a real boost.
- 24 N. Rigoni
Added some urgency and direction to a lost midfield but couldn't swing the game in the Rosanero's favor.
- 4 P. Kasami