Saturday, 18 August 2007

Coppa Italia: Round 2

Genoa crashed out of the Coppa Italia at Ascoli, but Napoli scraped through against Pisa in extra time while, Bari, Rimini and Piacenza are safely through to the Third Round.

The Rossoblu had one of the toughest draws in this Second Round and went behind to Andrea Soncin’s strike. Marco Di Vaio wasted a couple of excellent scoring opportunities and the upright denied Mirco Gasparetto before Di Vaio drew them level.

The final minutes at the Stadio Del Duca were chaotic, as Meluzzi thought he had won it for Ascoli only for Ndiaye Papa Waigo to keep Genoa in it 120 seconds later.

The tie ended 2-2 and went to extra time, where Luis Fernando Centi waited until five minutes from penalties to secure Ascoli’s passage to the next phase. It was a bittersweet moment for Centi, who celebrated by taking off his jersey and received a second booking.

Napoli were also pushed to extra time, but managed to turn their match with Pisa around to survive for another round. Former Milan man Vitalii Kutuzov had given Pisa a shock lead after just 19 minutes with a precise angled drive.

Coach Edy Reja was in trouble, but his half-time substitution of Ezequiel Ivan Lavezzi for Fabio Gatti proved inspired. The Argentine summer signing netted with a solo effort almost immediately, then after the 90 minutes had ended all-square, decided the tie with his second in extra time.

Bologna have gone out of the Coppa Italia, as not even 120 minutes could separate them from Triestina and it went to penalties.

The Rossoblu had gone ahead when Massimo Marazzina hit the bar and Nicola Mingazzini was ready to turn in the loose ball. However, Mattia Graffiedi pounced on a defensive error to slot past Francesco Antonioli.

Triestina really should have won it in normal time when Marcello Castellini saw red for a last man foul, but Riccardo Allegretti incredibly missed the penalty with what would have been the last kick of the game. Marazzina had a goal disallowed in extra time for an offside position, so Triestina won in a penalty shoot-out.

Bari comfortably saw off Vicenza 2-0 thanks to a goal from Juventus youth product Davide Lanzafame and Vincenzo Santoruvo’s security blanket after the break. Lanzafame was sent off 10 minutes from time and will be suspended for their next clash with Udinese.

Rimini are the form team of the moment as, after thrashing Frosinone 6-0, they also defeated Treviso 3-1. Francesco Valiani, Adrian Ricchiuti and Biagio Pagano made the scoreline impressive despite Jeda striking an early penalty on to the upright. Rimini will now go on to face Torino in the Third Round.

Piacenza struggled to see off Serie B new boys Ravenna – who surprisingly eliminated Chievo in the first round. Ilario Aloe had given the home side a shock lead, but in the second half Daniel Wolf and Tomas Guzman turned it around. Francesco Cosenza’s dismissal knocked the fight out of Ravenna, so Piace will take on Reggina.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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