Cagliari lost 2 to 1 in front of their home crowd on Friday at the opening of the 22nd day of the Italian Championship for their first match since the death of Gigi Riva, legend of Italian football and the Sardinian club. The promoted lost to goals from Duvan Zapata (23) and Samuel Ricci (45 3), before reducing the score by Nicolas Viola (77). After this twelfth defeat of its season, the team coached by Claudio Ranieri finds itself again in the dangerous zone, in 17th place, with only one point ahead of the first relegation, Verona (18th) who played a match in less.
The meeting took place in a particular context, marked by the emotion of the 30,000 spectators, still in shock at the disappearance of Luigi “Gigi” Riva, who died Monday at the age of 79. The match was interrupted in the 11th minute to pay tribute to the former Italian international, top scorer in the history of the Nazionale and 1968 European champion, who played his entire career, with the exception of one season , under the flocked jersey of N.11 of Cagliari.
Before kick-off, Riva's name was mentioned in the composition of the Cagliari team of the day, whose players had worn a white jersey for the warm-up, a replica of the one worn by their predecessors from 1970, the year of the only Italian champion title in the history of the Sardinian club. In the stands, Sardinian supporters displayed numerous banners in tribute to Riva, “There will never be another like you”, “Thank you Gigi” or “Farewell champion”. “It was a moving evening, all the tributes touched me a lot. His memory must carry us, it is something beautiful to be the representative of this club and of Sardinia”, underlined Ranieri.