Cagliari wasted a number of chances in the opening period and even managed to hit the crossbar...Cesena managed to fend off a late Cagliari fight back to earn a 1-0 win in Serie A at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.
Luis Jimenez went on a magnificent run before slotting into the net to give his side victory and some much needed points in their fight against the drop.
The home side started the game well and put Cagliari under pressure from the kick off with Fabio Caserta having an early shot at goal. This, however, was only a precursor for what was to come.
On seventeen minutes, Jimenez went on a lovely solo run before putting the ball past Michael Agazzi from 12 yards to give Cesena a deserved lead.
Emanuele Giaccherini and Jimenez were causing problems for Cagliari at the back with some intelligent runs along the backline, while Erjon Bogdani also used his physical presence well to make life difficult for Michele Canini and Davide Astori.
After sitting back for the early period of the game, Cagliari decided to become more adventurous, throwing more men forward thus creating numerous chances.
But most of the chances created were wasted by Robert Acquafresca, the number nine was not getting the run of the ball, though he did hit the cross bar with one effort.
Then right on half time Roberto Donadoni's men had a magnificent opportunity to level the game when a Michele Canini cross was headed wide by Daniele Conti. It was a great chance from six yards that should have been put away.
Cesena came out in the second period with a renewed impetus and came close to doubling their lead when Giaccherini took the ball past Canini before smashing a shot straight at Agazzi. Then moments later Alessandro Matri had a close range effort brilliantly blocked by Maximiliano Pellegrino.
Not to be outdone but their opponents, Cagliari surged forward in retaliation but they could not find equaliser whilst also being susceptible to the counter attack, a factor Cesena were exploiting well.
Caserta then had a fantastic chance to put the Cavallucci Marini two goals ahead when he latched onto a Jimenez pass in the penalty area only for his shot to whistle wide of the post.
Everything the Isolani threw at Cesena was easily repelled, though Andrea Lazzari did go close from a long range free kick. But as the game reached its climax it was the home team who finished stronger and fully deserved the win.
The victory takes Cesena up one place to eighteenth, while Cagliari remain in eleventh but they could slip further down the table once all the weekend's matches have been completed.
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