Sunday August 12 2018
Coppa: Pavoletti sees off Palermo

Leonardo Pavoletti gave Cagliari the edge in a very entertaining Coppa Italia clash with Palermo, setting up a tie against Chievo.

The Sardegna Arena crowd was given a show on a balmy August evening in the Third Round encounter.

There were numerous chances for both sides, but Pavoletti broke through when redirecting a deflected Luca Cigarini strike.

Serie B outfit Palermo got back on level terms from the penalty spot with Ilija Nestorovski.

Unusually for the aerial specialist, Pavoletti completed a brace of goals with his left foot, a splendid control and volley from the long Lykogiannis pass.

The Sicilians thought they had equalised deep into stoppages, but Paolo Faragò denied Stefano Moreo’s header with a goal-line clearance.

Cagliari 2-1 Palermo

Pavoletti 31, 73 (C), Nestorovski pen 52 (P)

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