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Inter routed at home by last-place Cagliari

Published:Monday | September 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

MILAN (AP): Inter Milan suffered a humiliating first defeat of the season as they were routed 4-1 by last-placed Cagliari in Serie A yesterday, while Napoli won to ease the pressure on coach Rafa Benitez.

Cagliari had lost their last three matches but gained an advantage when Inter captain Yuto Nagatomo was sent off in the 27th minute following two yellow cards.

Albin Ekdal, who had scored three goals in 87 appearances for Cagliari, doubled his tally for the club with a 15-minute hat-trick.

It would have been worse for Inter if Samir Handanovic had not saved a penalty.

"I made some mistakes when evaluating the squad rotation," Inter coach Walter Mazzarri said. "When we were down to 10 men we should have acted differently: an experienced team would've sat back, not conceded four in the first half and tried to come back in the second."

In the evening match, Sampdoria beat Genoa 1-0 in an entertaining and fiery derby match. The result saw Samp move into third ahead of Udinese's home game against Parma today.

Napoli won 1-0 at Sassuolo in the lunch-time kick-off, while 10-man AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at Cesena.

Fiorentina also drew 1-1 at Torino as did Chievo Verona at home to Empoli.

Juventus and Roma both maintained their perfect starts to the season with victories on Saturday.

Cagliari took the lead in the 10th minute when Nagatomo failed to deal with a long ball and headed straight at Marco Sau, who fired home.

But Inter was back on level terms eight minutes later when Rodrigo Palacio took a free kick quickly and set up Pablo Osvaldo.

The turning point came shortly afterward when Nagatomo picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes and was dismissed.

Cagliari immediately restored their advantage as Handanovic did well to parry a fierce strike from Daniele Dessena, but Ekdal pounced on the rebound.

Ekdal doubled his tally five minutes later, tapping in Victor Ibarbo's cross after a great run from the Colombia winger who had bamboozled the Inter defence.

It almost got worse shortly before halftime when Nemanja Vidic mistimed a sliding tackle on Sau in the area. However, spot-kick specialist Handanovic saved Andrea Cossu's penalty.

But Cagliari did get a fourth moments later when Ekdal completed his hat-trick after Inter failed to clear a corner.