Gianluca Lapadula's official debut with the Cagliari shirt has been more than effective: he scored a penalty in the 2-2 draw against Perugia in the Italian Cup.
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Goal by Gianluca Lapadula with the Cagliari shirt. (Photo: Capture)
The first official appearance of Gianluca Lapadula in the ranks of Cagliari was expected by the fans and it happened in the best way this Friday. The Italian-Peruvian striker only needed 20 minutes on the pitch against Perugia, in the second round of the Italian Cup, to inflate the nets.
The match was approaching 79 minutes and Zito Luvumbo made a dangerous advance for the 'Reds and Blues', down the right flank. Although the Angolan attacker was unable to progress due to the iron mark of the rival defense, the referee Matteo Gualtieri noticed a foul inside the area, which generated complaints.
Immediately, the VAR began to analyze the play, to avoid controversy, and finally the maximum penalty was decreed. After knowing the opinion, the 'Bambino', with the number '9' on his back, took possession of the ball and placed himself on the designated point, with a lot of concentration, waiting for the referee's signal.
Upon receiving the judge's approval, Gianluca shot with his left leg, violently, to the central part of the goal. Goalkeeper Stefano Gori had dived towards the right post and could do nothing to prevent the goal, much to the regret of the entire Perugia squad.
After scoring his first official goal for Cagliari, Lapadula calmly celebrated with his teammates as the club's fans chanted his name in unison. The joy for the 'Bambino' and his squad would multiply shortly after, since Nicolas Viola made it 3-2 in the end and made it through to the round of 32 of the Italian Cup.
Lapadula scores in his first training session with Cagliari | Video: Cagliari