Guido Marilungo’s magnificent volley gave Cesena a good 1-1 draw with Spaniards Rayo Vallecano.
The Seahorses are newly promoted to Serie A, earning their spot via the play-offs in June, so started pre-season later than anyone else in Italy.
That didn’t seem to affect their form or confidence this evening, as they took the lead against Rayo Vallecano thanks to a stunning Marilungo volley.
The visitors drew level at the Stadio Manuzzi when Lass Bangoura burst down the left and pulled back from the by-line for Alberto Bueno.
Cesena 1-1 Rayo Vallecano
Scorers: Marilungo 50 (C), Bueno 75 (R)
Cesena: Leali (Bressan 66); Capelli (Nica 46), Lucchini, Volta; Defrel (Succi 75), De Feudis (Magnusson 82), Cascione (Tabanelli 46), Coppola (Ze Eduardo 56), Renzetti (Valzania 86); Marilungo (Garritano 79), Djuric (Rodriguez 59)
Rayo Vallecano: Cobeno; Tito (Pozuelo 65), Ba, Ze Castro, Nacho; Aquino (Lass 65), Baena, Trashorras; Kakuta (Licà 73), Jonathan Pereira (Manucho 65), Bueno (Jozabed 86)