Bologna’s unimpressive pre-season form continued with a 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
Stefano Pioli’s side have struggled over the summer and were beaten in a friendly at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
Both goals were scored in the space of four minutes, as former Juventus man Nicolas Anelka set up Markus Rosenberg’s opener and then tapped in himself soon after.
There were tactical experiments, switching to a 4-2-3-1 system, but the first half was entirely uninspired.
Rolando Bianchi nodded a Panagiotis Kone cross over the bar after the break and Francesco Della Rocca tested the local goalkeeper.
Bad news for Davide Moscardelli, who limped off in the second half.
“We took the initiative, but they were much sharper and intelligent to take their chances,” said Coach Pioli.
“We lacked intensity when tracking back and that is a lesson we should learn.”
West Brom 2-0 Bologna
Scorers: Rosenberg 31 (W), Anelka 35 (W)
West Brom: Foster; Jones, Olsson (Dawson 60), McAuley (Lugano 60), Ridgewell; Morrison (Long 60), Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans; Rosenberg (Berahino 78), Anelka
Bologna: Curci (Stojanovic 46); Garics (Crespo 66), Antonsson, Natali (Radakovic 79), Morleo; Taider (Della Rocca 46), Krhin (Pazienza 66); Lazaros (Moscardelli 66) (Alibec 83), Diamanti, Kone (Yaisien 86); Bianchi (Acquafresca 83)