Cagliari edge Sam­p­do­ria thanks to goal­keep­ing blun­der

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CAGLIARI sub­sti­tute Fed­erico Mel­chiorri (pix) pounced on a goal­keep­ing blun­der to clinch a late 2-1 de­feat of Sam­p­do­ria in a game that wrapped up the sixth round of the Ital­ian Serie A sea­son.

The striker scored with two min­utes left af­ter Samp goal­keeper Emil­iano Vi­viano in­cred­i­bly botched a clear­ance out­side the box. Mid­fielder Joao Pe­dro deftly volleyed a taut feed from Si­mone Padoin for Cagliari’s lead in the 37th minute, but the guests from Genoa lev­elled on 86 min­utes from a low drive by sub­sti­tute Bruno Fer­nan­des.

Cagliari coach Mas­simo Rastelli was dis­missed over his protests af­ter the tem­po­rary equal­izer, but his side still man­aged a win­ner to move on seven points along­side Udi­nese.

Sam­p­do­ria stayed on six points with Pescara and Ata­lanta, who ear­lier had a man dis­missed af­ter their third goal in a 3-1 win over pro­moted Cro­tone.

An­drea Pe­tagna struck from a tight an­gle on three min­utes, and Jas­min Kur­tic chested in a ball de­flected by goal­keeper Alex Cor­daz on 40, be­fore Ale­jan­dro Gomez drilled a smash­ing drive into the top-right cor­ner with the break loom­ing.

The Berg­amo side then had Franck Kessie dis­missed in the 62nd minute for a rude foul on Noe Dussenne. Kessie, a 19-year-old Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional, scored in four games from five ap­pear­ances as mid­fielder with his new team.

Nige­rian sub­sti­tute Simeon Nwankwo volleyed in a con­so­la­tion goal four min­utes from time. The game was played at Pescara’s Sta­dio Adri­atico as Cro­tone await com­ple­tion of the Ezio Scida sta­dium, which should be avail­able in late Oc­to­ber. – dpa

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