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Claudio Ranieri guided Cagliari to a well-fought goalless draw on the road to Torino in his first game in charge, as the club marked its return to Serie A.
With Demba Seck absent and Nemanja Radonjic, Koffi Djidji and David Zima not fully fit, Torino’s struggles in front of goal were clear to see.
As for the visitors, who returned to the top flight after their dramatic play-off win over Bari last season, new manager Ranieri opted for a three-man defence in a change of system.
This would have been partly down to the absences of Gianluca Lapadula, Marko Rog and Marco Mancosu, who are sidelined for several months.
Boris Radunovic reacted well in the opening three minutes to deny an Antonio Sanabria volley from close range in an early Torino chance.
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic also made a great save to stop Nahitan Nandez’s curling effort before Perr Schuurs headed wide from close range.
Radonjic managed to make an appearance off the bench and was halted by Adam Obert as he tried to make an impact.
And then he had a double chance to clinch three points in stoppage time, but Radunovic made another good stop before the rebound was skewed wide.
Torino: Milinkovic-Savic, Schuurs, Buongiorno, Rodrigue, Bellanova, Ricci, Ilic, Vojvoda, Vlasic, Karamoh, Sanabria
Subs: Radonjic, Lineetty, Pellegri, Zima, Verdi
Cagliari: Radunovic, Goldaniga, Dossena, Obert, Zappa, Sulemana, Makoumbou, Azzi, Nandez, Oristanio, Luvumbo
Subs: Di Pardo, Jankto, Shomurodov, Pavoletti, Deiola