This weekend saw the third round of Coppa Italia action, with Serie A sides joining for the first time. All Serie A sides that placed 9th and lower last season were added to the competition this time around, with a few surprising results.
In the first round of the weekend, newly promoted Livorno hosted newly relegated Siena. In what might be a harbinger of the season to come, it was the Serie B side that took the honors, and Livorno can now focus their attention strictly on not making too much of an embarrassment of themselves in Serie A.
Next up came Genoa's visit to Serie B side Spezia. Despite the rossoblu making some intelligent moves in the transfer market, Genoa gave up a one goal lead, only to be rescued by new signing Francesco Lodi converting a penalty in the 90th minute. Alas their luck run out on the penalty game, with Spezia advancing after scoring four of their penalties.
The late Saturday matches also saw a couple surprising results. Cagliari were surprised when third division side Frosinone opened the scoring, but Mauricio Pinilla managed to put them on level terms. When Daniele Dessena was sent off just before the break, however, Cagliari struggled. They held on until the last minute of added extra time, when Frosinone scored another to advance to the next round.
Less surprising, maybe, was Torino's loss to Pescara. The granata seem to have one goal on their mind for the season: avoid relegation once again. With an early Coppa exit, they can concentrate their efforts on doing just that.
With Serie A resuming next weekend, the Coppa will take a break until December, when the eight other top division sides will join the tournament.
Coppa Italia Results
Atalanta 3-0 Bari
Avellino 1-0 Cesena
Cagliari 1-2 Frosinone (aet)
Chievo Verona 2-0 Empoli
Inter Milan 4-0 Cittadella
Juve Stabia 1-1 Varese (Varese win on penalties)
Livorno 0-1 Siena
Novara 1-3 Sassuolo (aet)
Reggina 1-0 Crotone
Sampdoria 2-0 Benevento
Spezia 2-2 Genoa (Spezia win on penalties)
Torino 1-2 Pescara
Trapani 1-0 Padova