Cagliari edged six points clear of the Serie A relegation zone on Tuesday with an invaluable 3-0 win over Catania which all but ended the Sicilian side's hope of a place in next season's Europa League.
Cagliari, who were playing at 'home' in Trieste rather than Sardinia because their president Massimo Cellino is in dispute with the Calgiari municipality, secured the three points through goals by their South American contingent.
Brazilian Thiago Ribeiro opened the scoring in the 21st minute but it was only going into the final 10 minutes of the game they sealed the win as Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla doubled the lead from a centre by Colombian Victor Ibarbo.
Ibarbo grabbed one for himself for good measure in the fourth minute of time added on.
Atalanta also did their survival chances no harm with a 1-0 win over Chievo as a stunning long range strike by Argentinian Maximiliano Moralez sent them eight points clear of third from bottom Lecce, who are away at Napoli on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday leaders Juventus are away at bottom side Cesena while AC Milan who are three points adrift of 'The Old Lady of Turin' host Genoa, who themselves are fighting against relegation and are just a point above Lecce.
This round of matches were originally postponed in tribute to the death of Piermario Morosini, who collapsed and died while playing for second tier Livorno on April 14.