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MILAN---Inter Milan suffered a
humiliating first defeat of the sea-
son as it was routed 4--1 by last-
placed Cagliari in Serie A yesterday,
while Napoli won to ease the pres-
sure on coach Rafa Benitez.
Cagliari had lost its last three
matches but gained an advantage
when Inter captain Yuto Nagatomo
was sent off in the 27th minute fol-
lowing 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
"I made some mistakes when
evaluating the squad rotation," Inter
coach Walter Mazzarri said. "When
we were down to ten men we should
have acted differently: an experienced
team would ve sat back, not con-
ceded four in the first half and tried
to come back in the second."
Napoli won 1--0 at Sassuolo in the
lunchtime kickoff, while ten-man
AC Milan was held to a 1--1 draw at
Fiorentina also drew 1--1 at Torino
as did Chievo Verona at home to
Juventus and Roma both main-
tained their perfect start to the sea-
son 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
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 min-
utes and was dismissed.
Cagliari immediately restored its
advantage as Handanovic did well
to parry a fierce strike from Daniele
Dessena, but Ekdal pounced on the
Ekdal doubled his tally five min-
utes later, tapping in Victor Ibarbo s
cross after a great run from the
Colombia winger who had bamboo-
zled the Inter defence.
It almost got worse shortly before
halftime when Nemanja Vidic mist-
imed a sliding tackle on Sau in the
area. However, spot-kick specialist
Handanovic saved Andrea Cossu s
But Cagliari did get a fourth
moments later when Ekdal com-
pleted his hat trick after Inter failed
to clear a corner.
Osvaldo thought he had pulled
one back for Inter shortly after the
interval but his effort was ruled out
City rival Milan was also forced
to play at a numerical disadvantage
after Cristian Zapata was sent off in
the 73rd minute for denying Gregoire
Defrel a clear scoring opportunity.
Cesena had taken a shock lead in
the tenth minute when Christian
Abbiati---replacing the injured Diego
Lopez---fumbled a simple attempt
from Guido Marilungo and Davide
Succi was on hand to tap in the
Jeremy Menez almost recorded
his fourth goal of the season but it
was struck off after Fernando Torres
was adjudged to be offside.
Milan did level in the 19th when
Adil Rami headed in Keisuke Honda s
Stefano Lucchini thought he had
snatched all three points for Cesena
at the death, but the referee had
already stopped play for Emmanuel
Cascione s push on Mattia De
In the early match, Jose Callejon
scored the only goal of the game in
the 28th minute when he was on
hand at the back post to tap in Gon-
zalo Higuain s cross.
Sassuolo almost snatched a late
equalizer but Federico Peluso s
deflected effort crashed off the cross-
The pressure had been mounting
on Benitez, who had guided the
southern club to just two wins in
seven matches in all competitions
Napoli had just one point in its
last three Serie A matches.
In Turin, the home side broke the
deadlock shortly after the hour mark
when Bruno Peres pull back set up
Quagliarella, who carved out space
for himself under pressure and drilled
into the far bottom corner.
Khouma Babacar leveled 12 min-
utes from time after a delightful
through ball by substitute Federico
Bernardeschi with his first touch.
Inter routed at home
to rock-bottom Cagliari
FRANKFURT---Substitute Lucas Piazon
scored with a spectacular free kick in the
90th minute to give Eintracht Frankfurt a
2--1 victory at Hamburg SV in the Bundesliga
In the process, Hamburger SV also set the
Bundesliga record for going the longest without
a goal before finally managing to score in the
Scoreless after the first five matches of the
season, Hamburg needed to score inside the
first 24 minutes to avoid beating Bochum s
unwanted record from 1979. But it could not
find the net until the 58th, when Nicolai
Mueller canceled out Haris Seferovic s goal
from the 44th.
In the earlier match, captain Paul Verhaegh
converted a first-half penalty to give Augsburg
a 1--0 victory over Hertha Berlin.
Hamburg dominated possession but could
not score in the first half, which ended with
Frankfurt taking the lead largely against the
run of play.
Timothy Chandler broke through on the
right and sent a useful cross that was not
cleared by the Hamburg defence and Seferovic
pounced at the far post to slot home.
Hamburg stepped up the pressure after the
break and finally broke its drought when
Mueller picked up a through ball from Lewis
Holtby and scored as Eintracht mistimed the
The ball went through the legs of goalkeeper
Felix Wiedwald, who was making his first start
in the Bundesliga after the long-term ankle
injury sustained by Kevin Trapp. Wiedwald s
previous Bundesliga experience consisted of
a combined 17 minutes in two appearances,
but he had some good saves in the match.
Piazon, a 20-year-old Brazilian who came
on only in the 85th, fired a stunning free kick
from nearly 30 metres (yards) to seal Eintracht s
victory. The ball soared high before taking a
sudden dip to bury itself in the upper corner.
Eintracht moved past Augsburg into seventh,
while Hamburg stayed last, still looking for
its first win.
In Augsburg, the goal in the 27th minute
gave the home side its third win of the season
and lifted it to eighth place in the standings.
Verhaegh had to leave the match in the 71st,
still wobbly ten minutes after a collision of
heads with Hertha forward Ronny. After the
match, Verhaegh was taken to a hospital to
be examined. Hertha s only credible chance
came early in the match when Salomon Kalou s
shot was tipped over by Augsburg goalkeeper
Marwin Hitz. Berlin stayed 14th.
Raul Bobadilla earned the penalty after col-
lecting a pass from Nikola Djurdjic and being
brought down by goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.
"I am angry," Hertha s coach Jos Luhukay
said. "We lost because of the referee. That
was never a penalty."
Kraft also disputed the decision but Bobadilla
said there was no doubt.
Hamburger SV scores but loses 2--1 to Eintracht
Cagliari's Albin Ekdal, top right, celebrates
with his team-mates after scoring during
the Serie A soccer match between Inter
Milan and Cagliari at the San Siro stadium
in Milan, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Frankfurt's Alexander Meier, second from right, is celebrated after scoring the opening goal
challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and
Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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