Genoa and Napoli cruised to the Second Round of the Coppa Italia, but Chievo, Brescia and Mantova suffered shock exits.
Napoli comfortably swept past Serie B side Cesena with a 4-0 victory at the Stadio San Paolo. Marek Hamsik created the opener for Emanuele Calaio’s header, then scored the second himself with the inside of his right foot.
Cesena went down to 10 men following Luiz Gabriel Sacilotto’s late challenge on Erminio Rullo and substitute Roberto De Zerbi took advantage by smashing a left-foot drive into the top corner for Napoli’s third. Maurizio Domizzi completed the rout in stoppages.
Genoa were a little less free and easy in their 2-1 win over newly promoted Serie B team Grosseto at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
It all seemed to be going their way when Omar Milanetto curled in one of his trademark free kicks and soon after Marco Di Vaio provided the assist for Ndiaye Papa Waigo.
There was a scare from former Genoa star Marco Carparelli, who got Grosseto back into it with a precise header. Even after Bega was shown a straight red card for hacking down Dell’Acqua, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men held on for the win.
Chievo’s year goes from bad to worse, as they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia in the first round by Ravenna. They survived a scare when Succi slammed his spot-kick on to the post, but in the final minutes Fofanà doomed the Flying Donkeys.
Serse Cosmi’s Brescia were kicking themselves after going from 1-0 up to 2-1 losers in stoppages. Davide Possanzini thought the Serie C team had been dispatched, but Ciotola and Castillo completed a remarkable comeback to set up a dream Second Round clash with Napoli.
Mantova crashed out at the first hurdle in a surprise defeat at Triestina. Massimo Allegretti secured the victory with the only goal, but the visitors had a great chance to equalise when Kyriazis was sent off, only for Lucenti to fire the resulting 85th-minute penalty off target.
There was never any doubt at the Stadio Romeo Neri, as Rimini thrashed fellow Serie B side Frosinone 6-0! Jeda was the star of the show with a hat-trick, although the scoreline only really began to pile up after Argilli’s 37th-minute dismissal.
Ascoli swept through with a 2-0 victory away to Avellino, as Stefano Guberti snatched a brace to set up their date in the Second Round with Genoa.
A goal from summer signing Mariano Martin Donda was enough to see Bari past Albinoleffe.
Treviso are through after an epic struggle with Lecce had them at 2-2 in extra time. The game went to penalties after neither side could secure victory during the 120 minutes of play.
Treviso had taken the lead through Massimiliano Scaglia, a goal almost immediately cancelled out by Chilean Jaime Valdes. As it was 1-1 after 90 minutes, the tie went into extra time and within seconds former Chievo striker Simone Tiribocchi had put all the pressure on the home side by taking Lecce in front.
The Salentini seemed set for qualification when five minutes from the final whistle Vlado Smit popped up with another equaliser.
The tie all square at 2-2, only a penalty shoot-out could separate these two sides. Treviso pipped them to the post 6-5 after penalties, as Lecce failed to convert twice, and go through to face Rimini on August 18.
Source: C4 Football Italia