Bologna made life very difficult for Juventus, but Paul Pogba popped up with the last-gasp winner.
It was a very difficult few days for Juve, who fielded controversy and blazing rows over the events of Catania. Their 1-0 win in Sicily on Sunday was marred by an offside goal and an Elefantini opener that was incorrectly disallowed. Arturo Vidal netted in that game, but was suspended for this one, joining the injured Claudio Marchisio in the stands. Bologna had Alessandro Diamanti banned, plus Diego Perez, Gianluca Curci, Cesare Natali, Robert Acquafresca and Henry Gimenez sidelined. The Felsinei had lost four of their previous five games, but had impressed here last season with a surprise 1-1 draw.
It was a special fixture for Manolo Gabbiadini and Saphir Taider, who are both on loan from the Turin giants. Nicklas Bendtner got his second consecutive start, though the midfield was revamped completely.
Juve wore their all-black strip while Bologna were all in white. After four minutes Federico Agliardi flew to punch away an Emanuele Giaccherini snapshot and a strike from Fabio Quagliarella moments later.
It was all Juve and Mauricio Isla’s low cross was deflected inches past Bendtner’s foot, while from the resulting corner Pogba’s goal didn’t count for a push on Marco Motta – it seemed frankly a very harsh decision.
Pogba went very close again three minutes later, but this time was denied by the woodwork rather than the officials, as his fantastic curler from distance cracked against the upright.
Bologna also had the ball in the net after 18 minutes, but the referee had already blown the whistle for a handling offence in the build-up.
Gabbiadini hooked down a long pass and spun round to hit the side-netting, while Agliardi palmed a long-range Bendtner effort round the post. Pogba’s header flashed just wide from a set play.
Juventus finally broke through with a well-worked move. Pogba’s ball over the top was knocked down by Giaccherini for Quagliarella to fire home in the middle.
Moments later Quagliarella got in front of Antonsson, but couldn’t quite redirect the cross into past Agliardi.
Bologna grabbed a surprise equaliser when Paolo De Ceglie’s poor clearance instead landed at Taider’s feet on the edge of the area and he wasted no time in smashing a fierce and precise shot across Buffon to fly in at the back stick.
Kwadwo Asamoah got down the left and Agliardi beat the finish away with his legs, then Andrea Pirlo’s free kick was only skimmed by Pogba in the middle.
Juve laid siege to the Bologna box and substitute Mirko Vucinic tested Agliardi with a low strike.
It seemed to be heading for a 1-1 draw, just like both games with Bologna last season, but in stoppages Sebastian Giovinco’s curling cross was nodded in by Pogba from seven yards, as Agliardi came off his line and then hesitated, caught in no man’s land.