Point apiece for Cagliari and Parma

Cagliari and Parma shared the spoils in a dour goalless Serie A encounter at the Stadio Sant’ Elia on Sunday.

The visitors looked more dangerous from the start but could not find a way past Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.

The closest Parma came to scoring was at the death when Daniele Galloppa was staring at an open goal but headed wide.

Cagliari, who have won just once at home this season, mustered very little and were fortunate to clinch a point that saw them climb to eighth place and remain one point clear of Parma.

The visitors welcomed back Sergio Floccari from injury and the striker made life difficult for Cagliari’s defence from the start.

Floccari almost put his team ahead after four minutes with his right-footed strike from the heart of the area was kept out by Agazzi.

Agazzi then saved Floccari’s close-range header from Cristian Zaccardo’s cross.

The hosts finally put a good move together before half-time when Andrea Cossu fed Joaquin Larrivey inside the area, but his shot went just wide of the far post.

Cagliari came to life in the second half and, shortly after the hour mark, Lorenzo Ariaudo attempted to nod Andrea Cossu’s pass in but it went just wide.

The home side should have gone in front in the 83rd minute when Victor Ibarbo found Cossu inside the area, but his shot towards the far post was saved by Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Parma had the final chance of the match through Galloppa but, with Agazzi already beaten and right in front of the goal, he headed a cross from Francesco Valiani wide.