Serie A side Parma AC suffered a scare against Serie B rivals FC Messina on Wednesday before reaching the third round of the Italian Cup 3-2 on aggregate.
Parma take it easy
Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Parma took it easy and paid the price when Denis Godeas gave the visitors the lead after 13 minutes. Messina dominated possession, but Parma seemingly made the tie safe ten minutes into the second half when Savo Milosevic scored a penalty after Patrick Mboma was fouled.
Parma youth player Manuel Saccani, who had replaced Giampiero Maini early in the match, received a red card for a foul from behind with just over 20 minutes remaining and the home side were down to nine men in the dying moments when defender Gianluca Falsini hobbled off with a thigh strain. Alessandro Ianuzzi took advantage to score Messina's second in injury-time.
Easy for Milan
Milan AC had a far more straightforward evening as they comfortably saw off the challenge of AC Perugia with a 0-0 draw. Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo twice hit the post in a game of few chances and little action of note.
S.S. Lazio's game against Serie B strugglers AC Siena was delayed by 45 minutes but the Serie A side still cruised through to the next round 3-1 on aggregate.
Brescia Calcio faced a more difficult task against Serie B promotion hopefuls Calcio Como, winning 5-3 on penalties after a 1-0 win at home left them level 1-1 on aggregate. Igli Tare gave Brescia the lead in the fifth minute but they had Fabio Petruzzi sent off 18 minutes later. However Oscar Brevi's penalty miss in the shoot-out sent Brescia through.
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