Wednesday, 20 August 2008

[Coppa Italia] Serie B sides avoid shocks

The second round of the Coppa Italia was played at the weekend with Serie B clubs joining the winners from the first round hoping to reach the third round of the 2008-09 tournament and meet some of the Serie A giants.

In previous years, the number of teams participating was reduced to only the 42 teams from the top two tiers of Italian football. This year, that number was expanded to 78 with the addition of 18 clubs from Lega Pro Prima Divisione (formerly Serie C1), 9 clubs from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (formerly Serie C2) and 9 clubs from Serie D.

Also, except for the semi-finals, all rounds are played over one match. The Final will again be a one-off match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on May 13, 2009.

The first batch of Serie A clubs enter the fray in the third round on August 23, while the top seeds open their cup campaign in the fifth round in November and December.

The top seeds enter the tournament later in the year due to their participation in European competitions.

Round 2 Results
Saturday 16 August
Bari 2-0 Bassano Virtus
Albinoleffe 2-2 Pescara AET (Pens: 6-5)
Parma 3-2 Portogruaro AET
Sunday 17 August
Mantova 1-0 Gallipoli
Rimini 3-3 Ravenna AET (Pen: 2-4)
Vicenza 3-0 Monza
Ascoli 3-1 Perugia
Pisa 1-2 Cittadella
Empoli 2-0 Ancona
Grosseto 4-2 Cavese
Triestina 2-1 Sorrento
Treviso 2-2 Benevento AET (Pens: 6-7)
Pro Sesto 0-1 Modena
Brescia 2-1 Foligno
Frosinone 0-2 Crotone
Livorno 3-0 Novara
Salernitana 3-1 Cesena
Barletta 1-3 Sassuolo
Piacenza 0-1 Padova
Wednesday 20 August
Avellino 0-1 Reggiana

Round 3 Draw
Saturday 23 August
Palermo v Ravenna
Bologna v Vicenza
Ascoli v Bari
Siena v Albinoleffe
Cittadella v Empoli
Reggina v Grosseto
Cagliari v Triestina
Lazio v Benevento
Atalanta v Modena
Torino v Brescia
Crotone v Livorno
Lecce v Salernitana
Catania v Parma
Chievo v Padova
Sunday 24 August
Genoa v Mantova
Sassuolo v Reggiana

[Coppa Italia 2008-09 Draw]

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