Saturday, 23 August 2008

[Coppa Italia] Serie A trio make shock exits

Palermo, Lecce and Chievo all fell to shock defeats in the third round of the Coppa Italia on Saturday.

Palermo 1-2 RavennaDavide Succi scored a double to fire Lega Pro 1 outfit Ravenna to a famous 2-1 win over Palermo in the upset of the night.

Edison Cavani scored a consolation for the Sicilians five minutes from time to give the scoreline a shade of respectability.

Another third tier team also beat a top flight side as Padova defeated newly-promoted Chievo 2-1 in a local derby thanks to a brace from Massimiliano Varricchio. Sergio Pellissier did find the net for Chievo but it wasn’t enough.

Lecce 0-1 SalernitanaFellow Serie A new boys Lecce also suffered embarrassment as they lost to Salernitana, who were promoted into Serie B last year, with Arturo Di Napoli grabbing the only goal of the game.

Serie A's other promoted team fared better as Marco Di Vaio scored on his debut to help Bologna beat Vicenza 2-0. The recent signing opened the scoring and Martins Adailton's late second put the game beyond Vicenza.

Cagliari edged out Serie B outfit Triestina 1-0 thanks to Alessandro Matri's penalty, although the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Mauro Minelli’s second half dismissal.

Reggina proved too strong for Grosseto with a 3-0 victory. Bernardo Corradi scored from the penalty spot and further strikes from Emil Hallfredsson and Barilla sealed the victory.

Lazio 5-1 BeneventoLazio eased past Benevento with a 5-1 success at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to efforts from Goran Pandev (2), Christian Manfredini, Mourad Meghni and an own goal from Cattaneo. Sebastian Bueno did pull a goal back but it was a comfortable victory for Delio Rossi’s side.

Torino needed extra time to beat Brescia 2-1, with David Di Michele netting the winner. Davide Possanzini’s strike gave the visitors the lead at the break in Turin before they were reduced to 10 men for Marco Zambelli’s second bookable offence. After Di Michele was fouled, Alessandro Rosina converted the spot-kick to draw his side level before the extra time winner.

Catania also required extra time to see of recently relegated Parma and reach the fourth round after a 2-1 success. Michele Paolucci was the hero for Catania with both goals. Parma did set up a tense finale in extra time with Magnus Troest taking advantage of a lucky ricochet.

Atalanta 2-1 ModenaAtalanta needed a late strike from Michele Marconi to squeeze past Modena 2-1. Thomas Manfredini had put the Orobici ahead only to see it cancelled out by a Salvatore Bruno penalty in the second half. Extra time was looming when the youth team product popped up with the decisive goal.

Livorno cruised to a 3-0 win over Crotone thanks to efforts from Antonio Filippini, Alessandro Diamanti and Francesco Tavano.

Empoli left it late to overcome 10 men Cittadella on neutral turf in Treviso with Francesco Lodi netting the winner two minutes from time. Cittadella did well to hold on for so long after Paolo Rossi was sent off after just 29 minutes.

Ascoli got the better of Bari in the all-Serie B encounter at the Stadio Del Duca. Simone Pesce grabbed the only goal in the second half.

Siena trounced Albinoleffe 4-0 with Emanuele Calaio, Daniele Portanova, Houssine Kharja and Massimo Maccarone all getting their name on the scoresheet at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Round 3 Results/Fixtures
Saturday 23 August
Palermo 1-2 Ravenna
Bologna 2-0 Vicenza
Ascoli 1-0 Bari
Siena 4-0 Albinoleffe
Cittadella 0-1 Empoli
Reggina 3-0 Grosseto
Cagliari 1-0 Triestina
Lazio 5-1 Benevento
Atalanta 2-1 Modena
Torino 2-1 Brescia AET
Crotone 0-3 Livorno
Lecce 0-1 Salernitana
Catania 2-1 Parma AET
Chievo 1-2 Padova
Sunday 24 August
Genoa v Mantova
Sassuolo v Reggiana

Round 4 Draw
Wednesday 17 September
Siena v Empoli
Catania v Padova
Reggina v Cagliari
Tuesday 30 September
Salernitana v Sassuolo/Reggiana
Wednesday 1 October
Bologna v Ascoli
Lazio v Atalanta
Torino v Livorno
Thursday 2 October
Genoa/Mantova v Ravenna

[Coppa Italia 2008-09 Draw]

Coppa Italia Third Round Review
[Saturday 23 August] - [Sunday 24 August]

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