Cagliari punished Inter Milan for an overly “casual” attitude in yesterday evening’s Serie A draw at the San Siro.

This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The Gazzetta note that the match was far more important for the relegation dogfight than the title race.

Few would begrudge Cagliari their point from yesterday’s match.

The fight and desire that have been evident from the Rossoblu all season were once again on display.

Cagliari have become a team with a real habit of salvaging results from losing positions under Claudio Ranieri.

And the Sardinians did so twice. They fell behind on two occasions, but both times managed to come back into the match with an equalizer.

Cagliari never let their heads drop. They stayed in the match, and made the tactical and personnel changes necessary to have the threat they needed against the Inter backline in the decisive moments.

Cagliari Punish “Casual” Inter In Serie A Draw

In truth, however, Cagliari probably should never have had the chance to keep coming back.

When Inter went ahead early on in the match through Marcus Thuram, they certainly looked capable of taking a firm grip on the match.

But over the remainder of the first half, Cagliari just about held the Nerazzurri off.

And the threat from the relegation-battlers on the counter was always very evident.

At the start of the second half, Inter could have killed the match off.

But that never really happened, as the Nerazzurri looked happy to slow the tempo of the match down.

Then, some less-than-stellar defensive organization provided Cagliari with their chance to equalize.

It was not the Inter who have been ruthless in matches like yesterday’s all season long. Instead, Cagliari found a bit of a soft centre to capitalize upon.