MILAN: Cagliari paid tribute to its former star Gigi Riva on Friday, in its first home match since the Italian great died.
The Sardinian cub, struggling after promotion to Serie A, lost 2-1 to Torino, but were able to remember more successful days as they commemorated the centre-forward of its only league-winning team.
Duvan Zapata and Samuele Ricci put the visitors two goals up by half-time. A 77th-minute reply by Nicolas Viola could not save Claudio Ranieri’s team.
Cagliari sit 17th, one place and one point above the relegation zone. They could be overtaken by Empoli, who visit leaders Juventus on Saturday, or Verona, who host mid-table Frosinone, on Sunday.
Riva was listed at his habitual No. 11 in Cagliari’s starting line-up and the team warmed up in white shirts, replicas of those worn by their predecessors in 1970, the year of the Sardinian club’s only Italian league title. Play was interrupted in the 11th minute as the 30,000-strong crowd paid tribute to Riva, who passed away on Monday at the age of 79 in Cagliari, and played 13 seasons for the club. He also remains the all-time stop scorer for the national team who he led to the 1968 European title. Agencies