Serie A | Verona 2-0 Cagliari: Hellas revived

Hellas Verona got their first win since Week 2 thanks to Cyril Ngonge and Milan...

Serie A | Verona 2-0 Cagliari: Hellas revived

Hellas Verona got their first win since Week 2 thanks to Cyril Ngonge and Milan Djuric, but Cagliari only capitulated after going down to 10 men.

This was a relegation dogfight, as Hellas were without a win since Week 2, while Marco Davide Faraoni and Suat Serdar out of action. The Sardinians have become known for extraordinary comebacks and last-gasp Leonardo Pavoletti goals, but Eldor Shomurodov, Marko Rog and Elio Capradossi are long-term absentees.

Nahitan Nandez pulled his angled drive across the face of goal and Matteo Prati could not have come closer on 11 minutes when his daisy-cutter from distance was pushed on to the base of the upright by Lorenzo Montipò.

Riccardo Saponara’s back-heel flick was sending Pawel Dawidowicz clear until the crucial Tommaso Augello interception, while Alberto Dossena couldn’t control his flick on a corner at the back post.

Simone Scuffet had to get down for a one-handed save, pushing the Tomas Suslov solo effort past the far stick.

Cagliari had the ball in the net on 38 minutes when Nicolas Viola’s free kick found an Edoardo Goldaniga header, but he was flagged offside.

The game turned with two events in the space of 60 seconds. First Antoine Makoumbou received his second yellow card and reduced Cagliari to 10 men, then Cyril Ngonge cut inside from the right and saw his low angled drive deflected through a sea of legs into the far bottom corner to put Verona in front.

Ondrej Duda’s free kick wasn’t far wide, but Montipò had to get his fingertips to the Hatizdiakos cross-shot.

Scuffet kept his men in it with a flying save to push the Djuric header over the bar on a Josh Doig cross.

However, late on Jordi Mboula ran down the right, cut inside and rolled across for Djuric to sweep in undisturbed with the inside of the right boot.

Verona 2-0 Cagliari

Ngonge 53 (V), Djuric 90 (V)

Sent off: Makoumbou 52 (C)

23-12-2023 17:00
MatchDay 17

Player statistic

1st half
    12' Antoine Makoumbou
Ondrej Duda 45'    
2nd half
    52' Yellow-Red card Antoine Makoumbou
Cyril Ngonge
(Assist: Jackson Tchatchoua)
53'    
Tomas Suslov 57'    
    57' Nicolas Viola
Cyril Ngonge 69'    
Milan Djuric
(Assist: Jordi Mboula)
Goal 90'    
    90+3' Yellow card Ibrahim Sulemana

Match statistic

59
Possession %
41
13
Total shots
12
5
Shots on target
3
7
Shots off target
8
1
Blocked shots
1
11
Corners
7
1
Offsides
1
8
Fouls
19
VER
CAG

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
6
Defender
27
Defender
24
Midfielder
46'
18
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
68'
31
Midfielder
26
Attacker
77'
38
9
Attacker
46'
22
Goalkeeper
4
Defender
3
86'
17
77'
27
Defender
59'
29
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
77'
16
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
59'
30

Substitutes

Attacker
23
99
22
Goalkeeper
42
Defender
34
Goalkeeper
2
Defender
32
Defender
37
Midfielder
13
Attacker
11
Attacker
46'
3
Defender
46'
8
Midfielder
68'
77
Attacker
77'
21
Midfielder
18
Goalkeeper
14
Midfielder
1
Goalkeeper
20
Midfielder
33
Defender
32
Attacker
5
Midfielder
99
23
Defender
77
Attacker
59'
25
Midfielder
59'
28
Defender
77'
37
Attacker
77'
9
86'