Marco Sau scored twice in the second-half to ensure Cagliari completed a comeback to defeat a ten-man Genoa side at the Sant’Elia on Sunday afternoon.
Alberto Gilardino opened the scoring from Francesco Lodi supplied assist, toe-poking the in from four-yards out after just 16 minutes of play.
Genoa were then reduced to ten-men after Thomas Manfredini was handed his second yellow yard just before the break, but the second half opened the flood gates for the Isolani.
Genoa ‘keeper Mattia Perin pulled off a fingertip save on Daniele Conti’s overhead kick, but he couldn’t do much to prevent Sau’s onslaught.
The attacking player got his first goal midway through the half after controlling a looping ball in the box. He fainted not once, nor twice but three times before unleashing a shot that rattled the back of the net.
He repeated the scenario when he tapped in an acrobatic kick to win the match on the brink of the full time whistle.
The win is crucial for Cagliari’s hopes of survival as they moved into the top half of the table and staggeringly equal on points with Milan.
Sampdoria moved themselves from the relegation zone when they edged out Catania 2-0 at the Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon.
Both goals occurred in the second half with Eder heading in Angelo Palombo’s cross in the 53rd minute to make it 1-0.
The second swiftly followed when Manolo Gabbiadini brought down a long ball and ran into the box. He sliced a diagonal ball past Mariano Andujar to wrap up a fundamental victory for their survival chances.
Chievo Verona went two points clear of the dreaded drop zone by claiming the three points off Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium.
The conditions at the ground were not conducive to any goalkeeper as the heavy fog in the ground impaired all the eleven players’ vision on the field.
And there was little the Neroverdi could do when Cyril Thereau knocked in a cross in the 53rd minute which bounced off the foot of the upright to roll into the back of the net.
Sassuolo are fortune to remain out of the relegation zone following Livorno’s 2-2 draw to Milan on Saturday evening.
Lazio continued their domestic misery when they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Blucerchiati hadn’t won since the 27 October and were in desperate need to return to winning ways, but the Toro were having none of it.
Inevitably a performance which saw the home side spurred on by their home fans, Kamil Glik handed Gianpiero Ventura’s side the lead after 19 minutes.
The player latched onto a looping ball in the box, turned on it and beat Federico Marchetti in goal. That was the only strike of the game which moves Torino up to seventh place on the log standings.
Hellas Verona moved up to sixth on the log when they came back from a goal down to defeat a ten-man Atalanta side 2-1 at the Stadio Bentegodi.
It took a while for either team to get off the mark and the visitors had to wait until the 42nd minute to ensure they grabbed the lead off German Denis’s header which beat Rafael in goal.
Verona were undoubtedly the better team on the day, creating chance after chance in front of their home fans.
Their frustration continued when Luca Toni struck the woodwork in the early stages of the second but they finally got their equalizer inside the final quarter of an hour in the game.
Juanito Gomez rose up and nodded home a corner kick before the confidence gained amounted to a late comeback the hosts were then offered the chance to go ahead after a penalty was awarded to them.
The Brazilian Jorginho made no error in slotting it past Andrea Consigli with five minutes to spare, while Riccardo Cazzola was sent off for the indicident forcing Atalanta to see out the end of the game with a man less.
Inter will take on Parma at the San Siro, at 21h45 (CAT), on Sunday evening.