Thiago treble in Cagliari win

Thiago Ribeiro scored a hat-trick as Cagliari beat Serie A

rivals Pescara 4-2 in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia on

Wednesday evening.

The Brazilian’s early brace put the hosts in control and,

although Emmanuel Cascione halved the deficit with a 33rd-minute

penalty, Thiago Ribeiro completed his treble just after the hour

and then substitute Mauricio Pinilla added a fourth in the 77th

minute to seal matters.

Vladimir Weiss grabbed a second for the top flight’s bottom team

two minutes later, but they were well beaten.