Mixed fortunes for previous Coppa Italia winners

Former winners Vicenza and Venezia experienced vastly differing fortunes in round one of the Coppa Italia.

Vicenza, champion in 1997, now resides in the third tier of Italian football and was defeated 2-1 at home by Bassano Virtus after taking an early lead through Piergiuseppe Maritato.

That was before goals in the last 15 minutes from Luca Cattaneo and Filippo Stevanin turned the tie in the visitor's favour as the home side fell at the first hurdle.

Meanwhile Venezia, which lifted the trophy way back in 1941, had a much more straightforward day as it breezed past Taranto 5-1, with Tommaso Bellazzini scoring twice, either side of half-time.

Other comfortable victors were Savona, which thumped Terracina Calcio 6-0 in a game that including a brace from Angelo De Martis, and Como, a 5-0 winner over Matelica Calcio.

Lecce was similarly emphatic, trouncing Foligno 5-0 at home while Pisa saw off RapalloBogliasco 4-0.

Much more closely fought was the clash between L'Aquila and Alto Vicentino, which saw the former advance 2-1 in extra-time thanks to Lorenzo Del Pinto's 105th-minute winner.

Other tight affairs saw Casertana edge former Serie A outfit Reggina 1-0, Alessandria squeeze past Salernitana by the same scoreline and Monza overcome Olginatese 2-1.

Nuova Cosenza came back from two goals down away at Cremonese to level at 2-2, only for Radoslav Kirilov to win it for the host midway through the second half.

A late brace from Manuel Fischnaller helped Sudtirol defeat Teramo 3-2, while Benevento and Catanzaro were both 2-0 winners, over Correggese and Akragas respectively.

Renate was a 1-0 victor over AlbinoLeffe, as was FeralpiSalo over Santarcangelo, while elsewhere, Pontedera saw off Messina 3-1 and Juve Stabia got the better of Prato 1-0.

Source Omnisport