Cesena shock Sassuolo in Coppa Italia

Cesena secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Sassuolo on Wednesday evening.

Lorenzo Pellegrini opened the scoring after just four minutes at the MAPEI Stadium, but Camillo Ciano levelled from the penalty spot with 81 minutes played before Karim Laribi completed the comeback three minutes later. 

Sassuolo started on the front foot, and Pellegrini already had two shots at goal before finding the bottom right corner of the net.

Michael Agazzi was a busy man in the Cesena goal as he first denied Pellegrini before keeping out a Matteo Politano shot.

But he was unable to stop the former Roma midfielder from slotting home as he latched onto an excellent corner.

Agazzi then was on hand to deny Pietro Iemmello, who powered in a left-footed effort from outside the box.

The chances kept coming for the Serie A side, with Matteo Politano next to try his best with a long-range effort, that Agazzi saved well.

Cesena looked to break out of defence, with  Alejandro Rodriguez feeding Ciano, but his shot was blocked en route to goal.

Politano blazed over as normal service was resumed, while Mattia Vitale couldn't direct his effort on target as the ball dropped to him following a corner.

Cesena were getting forward more frequently as the half wore on, but were caught out by Sassuolo's high line on more than one occasion.

They ended the first 45 minutes in a strong position, though, and looked to build on that at the start of the second half.

While Ciano was offside as he looked to connect to an Antonio Cinelli through ball, Politano again missed the target when finding space to unleash a shot.

Politano then headed a Cristian Dell'Orco cross over the goal before Agazzi made a comfortable save from Pellegrini with 54 minutes played.

Cesena tried to raise the tempo in search of an equaliser while Agazzi was still kept busy as he stopped a goal-bound Lemmello shot.

But the away side were to finally break level in the 81st minute as Ciano netted from the penalty spot after Luca Antei had upended Andrea Cocco in the box.

And the Serie B side were soon in the lead, just three minutes later, as Laribi placed a right-footed shot from the centre of the park past a despairing Gianluca Pegolo and into the back of the net.

A stunned Sassuolo tried to recover but were limited to a Federico Ricci effort that was well saved by Agazzi before time ran out.

Cesena will now play one of Roma or Sampdoria, who play on Thursday, in a last eight tie.

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