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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Bologna and Benevento crash out of Coppa Italia at first hurdle

Cagliari celebrate after beating Palermo on penalties.

Serie A clubs Bologna and Benevento both crashed out of the Coppa Italia with lopsided defeats to second-tier opponents on Saturday night.

Alberto Cerri scored a hat trick to lift Perugia to a 4-0 win at newly promoted Benevento, who played the second half with 10 men after Danilo Cataldi was sent off.

Cittadella scored all of their goals in the first half in a 3-0 romp to oust Bologna and advance to the fourth round.

Fabrizio Cacciatore scored in the 95th minute to help Chievo escape Ascoli 2-1, while Cagliari needed penalties to get past Palermo after a 1-1 game, and Udinese held off Frosinone 3-2.

Both Crotone and SPAL had trouble against third-division clubs but advanced 2-1 and 1-0 respectively.

Sampdoria eased past Foggia 3-0, while Sassuolo also kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Spezia.

Also advancing were Serie B clubs Pescara, Carpi and Bari, as well as third-tier Pordenone.

Torino won the first game of the third round on Friday night, cruising past Trapani 7-1 with a brace from Andrea Belotti.

The top eight finishers of last year's Serie A enter directly in the final stage, awaiting the winners of the fourth round.

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