Match Report: A.S Roma 3-1 Cagliari


A.S RomaCagliari
GoalsDestro (32′, 56′, 73′)Pinilla, rig. (89′)
Shots (On Goal)6 (3)18 (5)

Match Summary

After 19 years, Roma were finally able to beat Sardinian side Cagliari away from home as the Giallorossi collected all 3 points thanks to Mattia Destro’s first professional hat-trick as Rudi Garcia’s men won 3-1 against relegation-threatened Cagliari.

The home-side gave the Giallorossi a run for their money in the opening half hour as Diego Lopez’s men were successfully able to knock Roma out of their rhythm and prevent them from creating anything useful in the final third of the field.

Brazilian Nene had a handful of opportunities to give Cagliari the lead but he wasn’t able to sneak it past Morgan De Sanctis, who was kept busy throughout the afternoon.

Just as it looked the teams were set to enter the break at 0-0, Gervinho and Mattia Destro sprinted out on a quick counter-attack and the Ivorian slipped it past Cagliari’s Vlada Avramov and gave the Giallorossi the 1-0 lead at halftime.

Not satisfied with just 1 goal in the opening 45 minutes, Mattia Destro terrorized the back-line of Pisano-Astori-Ikonomou-Avela as the former Siena man hit the Sardinians with an additional two goals in the second half for his first professional hat-trick with assists from Radja Nainggolan and Alessandro Florenzi.

The lone bright-spot for Lopez’s men was their consolation penalty scored by Mauricio Pinilla after a clumsy challenge from Moroccan centerback Mehdi Benatia.

Roma will welcome Atalanta to the Stadio Olimpico next weekend, where the Giallorossi will be without Alessandro Florenzi, Mattia Destro, and Miralem Pjanic due to suspension.

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.