Modena stuns Palermo in Coppa Italia

Nicola Ferrari is congratulated after netting Modena's opener (Getty Images)

Modena pulled off a major Coppa Italia shock by comfortably dispatching Serie A side Palermo 3-0 to make the fourth round.

Palermo sealed its return to the top flight last season but the reigning Serie B champion was sent crashing out of the Coppa at home in convincing fashion by second-tier Modena.

Ahead of its Serie A opener against Sampdoria next week, Palermo found itself 1-0 down after just six minutes courtesy of Nicola Ferrari's opener.

Stefano Beltrame added a second three minutes before the break and Andrea Schiavone capped off an impressive performance for the visitor late on at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Palermo's Serie A rivals Atalanta and Cagliari avoided such an upset however as they saw off Pisa and Catania respectively.

Former Coppa champion Atalanta had Luca Cigarini and Leonardo Spinazzola to thank for its 2-0 win – Pisa's Stefano Morrone was sent off late on - while Marco Sau and Diego Farias were on target in Cagliari's win over 10-man Catania.

The remainder of the day's fixtures were all-Serie B clashes as Varese left it late to see off Virtus Entella 1-0 with Leonidas Pereira Neto on target for the 10-man host which meets either Lazio or Bassano in the next round.

Goals from Gianmario Comi and Demiro Pozzebon helped Avellino make the most of its man advantage and come from behind to edge Bari 2-1 while Perugia needed extra-time clinch a 2-1 win against Spezia.

Source Omnisport