Bologna and Roma traded blows in an absolutely spectacular 3-3 draw at the Dall’Ara, but Alessandro Diamanti rattled the woodwork in the final minute!
Zdenek Zeman was under pressure after a tense Press conference in which he complained there were “no rules” at the club. With Mattia Destro out for two months, Daniele De Rossi also injured and Erik Lamela suspended, Miralem Pjanic returned to complete the trident. New signing Vasilis Torosidis was on the bench. Bologna had Michele Pazienza and Niccolo Cherubin banned, joining the injured Robert Acquafresca Cesare Natali.
The Rossoblu fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Olimpico earlier this season, so the Giallorossi were out for revenge.
Fredrik Sorensen should’ve scored after four minutes when a long free kick found him at the back post totally unmarked, but his volley was neither a shot nor a pass as it flashed across the face of goal.
It was Roma who took the lead, as Alessandro Florenzi started and finished the move. He intercepted a pass in midfield, then sprinted into the box to get on the end of a Francesco Totti through ball to place an angled drive past Federico Agliardi.
Moments later, Alessandro Diamanti stung Mauro Goicoechea’s palms. The Roma goalkeeper parried a Manolo Gabbiadini counter-attack with an outstretched foot, but could do nothing on Alberto Gilardino’s follow-up from nine yards.
Not even 60 seconds had passed when Roma restored their advantage. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was allowed a totally free header between three defenders to turn in Miralem Pjanic’s cross. It was shocking defending from Bologna.
The game was wide open and Bologna got another equaliser with Gabbiadini, who hooked a pass, turned Nicolas Burdisso and spun round to nutmeg the defender with a daisy-cutter that rolled in at the near bottom corner.
Gilardino volleyed a wonderful Diamanti first time cross-field pass on to the side-netting, while a Michael Bradley screamer whistled just wide.
Gabbiadini hobbled off after the restart and Marco Motta risked an own goal, turning the Pjanic cross over the bar from six yards after Florenzi had somehow failed to make contact.
Just like at the Olimpico, Bologna went 3-2 up over Roma. Substitute Cristian Pasquato pounced on a defensive howler, as Goicoechea and Nicolas Burdisso got in each others’ way when trying to clear, allowing the Juventus-owned youngster to fire in undisturbed.
Federico Balzaretti was stretchered off with a suspected thigh strain, while Osvaldo’s deflected strike from the edge of the box was smothered.
This week’s signing from Olympiacos Torosidis made his debut and it was another Greek player, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, who scored the equaliser moments later. A free kick was flicked up to the six-yard box where ‘Taxi’ was able to get in front of Sorensen to nod in.
Roma were now fired up after a sluggish second half and threatened the winner when Osvaldo’s cushioned downward header from six yards was slapped off the line by Agliardi.
Archimede Morleo threw himself at Pjanic’s shot like a human shield, but it was wide open and a Diamanti screamer cracked against the post with Goicoechea completely stranded. It was a fierce curler from 25 metres.
Dodo’ horribly wasted a counter-attack and Pjanic hit a free kick against the wall. Deep into stoppages, Diamanti curled another wonderful shot from a free kick that again smacked on to the crossbar! The move continued and Goicoechea needed a double save on Motta from point-blank range.