Serie A: Fiorentina's Europa League ambitions suffer severe dent after narrow loss to Cagliari
Joao Pedro and Luca Ceppitelli struck in the second half as Cagliari stalled Fiorentina's Europa League ambitions with a 2-1 win at home in Sardinia on Friday.
Rome: Joao Pedro and Luca Ceppitelli struck in the second half as Cagliari stalled Fiorentina's Europa League ambitions with a 2-1 win at home in Sardinia on Friday.
Pedro connected with a Fabrizio Cacciatore cross in the 52nd minute with Ceppitelli nodding in the second on 66 minutes as Cagliari claimed just their seventh win of the season and third in five games.
Federico Chiesa pulled one back on 88 minutes for his 12th goal this season in all competitions, hours after being called up for Italy's Euro 2020 qualifiers.
But for Fiorentina it was a missed chance to close to within four points of the Europa League places and they could finish the weekend ten points adrift of the final European berth depending on Torino and Atalanta's results.
Torino are sixth, level on points with Atalanta and host struggling Bologna, with the side from Bergamo at home against bottom club Chievo.
Fiorentina stay tenth while Cagliari are 13th, but now nine points off the relegation places.
Serie A: Atalanta aim to maintain lead at Cremonese as struggling Inter Milan hope to revive campaign
Out on their own at the top of the pile for the first time since 1964, Atalanta have collected 13 points from their first five matches, with their only dropped points coming in a draw with champions AC Milan.
Italy forward Raspadori struck the decisive goal in the final moments of a stodgy encounter at the Stadio Maradona.
Filippo Bandinelli's second goal in as many matches was enough to give Empoli its first win of the season.