Cagliari beat 10-man Sampdoria in Serie A

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Cagliari beat 10-man Sampdoria 2-0 to draw level on points with their Genoese guests in the middle of the Italian Serie A table.

In a later game featuring the league's newcomers, Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano could celebrate the second-half brace inthe space of five minutes from M'Bala Nzola that clinched a 3-0 win at Benevento.

At Cagliari, visiting defender Tommaso Augello was shown a red card for a last-man foul following a video review just before the break, leaving Sampdoria to play the second half a man down.

Home captain Joao Pedro was fouled soon after the break and converted the ensuing spot kick to give the home side the lead.

Nahitan Nandez, who had earlier been the man through on goal who was brought down by Augello, then ensured the Sardinians' victory with 20 minutes left.

Both sides now sit on 10 points alongside Lazio, who welcome champions Juventus on Sunday.

"In previous games we manoeuvred well but were too weak in the last third," new coach Eusebio Di Francesco said, referring to Cagliari's draw followed by two defeats at the start of the season.

"Today, beside the advantage from their dismissal, my squad played a good game."

Spezia enjoyed an excellent win after Tommaso Pobega's opener set them on their way.

The Ligurians, who are playing their first-ever season in the top flight, moved to 12th place and are now two points above Benevento.

Parma and Fiorentina completed Saturday's programme with a scoreless stalemate that pushed the mid-table Florentines ahead of Spezia on goal difference.

Parma are level on points with Bologna and Benevento in the bottom half.