Match ends, Palermo 5, Cagliari 0.
Gianfranco Zola's Serie A coaching career got off to a poor start as his Cagliari side lost 5-0 at Palermo.
Zola, who replaced Zdenen Zeman last month after an eight-match winless run, saw Michel Morganella and Ezequiel Munoz put the Sicilians 2-0 ahead.
Cagliari had Daniele Conti sent off for a second bookable offence in the 26th minute before Paulo Dybala made it 3-0 with a penalty.
Dybala and Edgar Barreto completed the rout after half-time.
"We expected a difficult match, but not that difficult," Zola said. "Of course, in a situation like this, everything seems more difficult, but there is no point in crying about this, we have to react."
The loss leaves Cagliari on 12 points, four points from safety inside the relegation zone.
Palermo, in eighth, are level on 25 points with AC Milan, who suffered a surprise 2-1 loss at home to Sassuolo.
- 6MuñozBooked at 61minsSubstituted forVitielloat 83'minutes
- 25MarescaBooked at 22minsSubstituted forBolzoniat 67'minutes
- 20VázquezBooked at 41mins
- 9DybalaSubstituted forBelottiat 74'minutes
- 10Pereira Silva
- 14Della Rocca
- 1ColombiBooked at 32mins
- 20EkdalSubstituted forDonsahat 83'minutes
- 5ContiBooked at 26mins
- 4CrisetigBooked at 38minsSubstituted forDessenaat 45'minutes
- 17FariasBooked at 56mins
- 7CossuSubstituted forGeraldino dos Santos Galvãoat 45'minutes
- 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão
- 13Rangel da Silva
- Sebastiano Peruzzo
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Palermo 5, Cagliari 0.
Attempt missed. Achraf Lazaar (Palermo) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Francesco Bolzoni.
Attempt missed. Francesco Bolzoni (Palermo) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michel Morganella.
Attempt missed. Andrea Belotti (Palermo) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Achraf Lazaar with a cross.
Goal! Palermo 5, Cagliari 0. Edgar Barreto (Palermo) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Cagliari. Godfred Donsah replaces Albin Ekdal.
Substitution, Palermo. Roberto Vitiello replaces Ezequiel Muñoz.
Foul by Edgar Barreto (Palermo).
Luca Ceppitelli (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Edgar Barreto (Palermo) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Francesco Bolzoni.
Offside, Palermo. Edgar Barreto tries a through ball, but Andrea Belotti is caught offside.
Franco Vázquez (Palermo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Albin Ekdal (Cagliari).
Luca Rigoni (Palermo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Samuele Longo (Cagliari).
Substitution, Palermo. Andrea Belotti replaces Paulo Dybala.
Attempt missed. Edgar Barreto (Palermo) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a cross.
Goal! Palermo 4, Cagliari 0. Paulo Dybala (Palermo) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Franco Vázquez with a through ball.
Attempt saved. Paulo Dybala (Palermo) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Edgar Barreto.