Newly-promoted Serie A side Parma were shocked by Novara in the third round of the Coppa Italia as Livorno overcame Torino.
Parma are preparing for life back in the top flight, but their preparations met with a setback after a 2-1 defeat by Novara at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
The third tier side took the lead just before half-time through Christian Bertani, only for Alessandro Lucarelli to equalise for the hosts 10 minutes into the second half.
Novara regained the lead just past the hour mark through Juliano Vicentini and Parma, who begin life in Serie A at Udinese next week, were unable to conjure up another equaliser to prevent an early exit.
Fellow new boys Livorno fared better as they advanced to the next stage after two goals in the final 20 minutes secured a 2-0 home success over recently-relegated Torino.
Cristian Raimondi broke the deadlock on 73 minutes at the Stadio Armando Picchi and Fedrico Dionisi made the game safe 10 minutes from time.
In the day's other tie, Serie B outfit Sassuolo were 2-0 winners over Lega Pro 1 giants Verona, with Emiliano Salvetti scoring after just two minutes before Luigi Riccio added a second before half-time.
The rest of the third round ties will take place over the course of the weekend.
Third Round Results
Friday 14 August 2009
Sassuolo 2-0 Verona
Parma 1-2 Novara
Livorno 2-0 Torino
Third Round Fixtures
Saturday 15 August 2009
Cittadella v Ascoli (1800)
Brescia v Reggina (1930)
Catania v Cremonese (1930)
Palermo v Spal (1930)
Ancona v Lumezzane (1945)
Bari v Empoli (1945)
Bologna v Frosinone (in Ravenna, 1945)
Cesena v Atalanta (1945)
Chievo v Mantova (1945)
Sunday 16 August 2009
Triestina v Cagliari (1900)
Napoli v Salernitana (1930)
Sampdoria v Lecce (1930)
Thursday 12 November 2009
Siena v Grosseto (1400)
* All kick-off times listed are UK time (+1 for Italy/CET). Times, dates and fixtures are subject to change.
Coppa Italia Third Round Reviews
[14 Aug 2009] - [15 Aug 2009] - [16 Aug 2009] - [12 Nov 2009]
Source: Sky Sports