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Pavoletti marks birthday by scoring for Cagliari in Serie A

November 26, 2021 GMT
Salernitana's Joel Obi, left, and Cagliari's Razvan Marin battle for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Salernitana at the Unipol Domus stadium in Cagliari, Italy, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse via AP)
Salernitana's Joel Obi, left, and Cagliari's Razvan Marin battle for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Salernitana at the Unipol Domus stadium in Cagliari, Italy, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse via AP)
Salernitana's Joel Obi, left, and Cagliari's Razvan Marin battle for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Salernitana at the Unipol Domus stadium in Cagliari, Italy, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse via AP)

ROME (AP) — Leonardo Pavoletti celebrated his 32nd birthday by scoring for Cagliari in a 1-1 draw with Salernitana on Friday in a matchup of the two last-placed teams in Serie A.

Pavoletti redirected a cross from João Pedro in the 73rd and Federico Bonazzoli equalized for Salernitana in the 90th with a volley.

The Brazilian-born João Pedro could join Italy’s team for the World Cup qualifying playoffs in March.

Both sides remained three points from safety.

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