Bologna fought back twice to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory in Pescara, a relegation battle with three penalties.
This was a pure relegation dogfight between two sides in desperate situations and only two points separated them going into this game. The Delfini had to put last week’s 6-0 defeat to Sampdoria behind them, though Manuele Blasi and Juan Fernando Quintero were still unavailable. Bologna missed Cesare Natali and Manolo Gabbiadini for this trip.
It was raining heavily at the Stadio Adriatico, making play somewhat difficult. After just six minutes a poor Fredrik Sorensen clearance fell to Vladimir Weiss, though his finish was wide of the target from the edge of the box.
Bologna responded with Saphir Taider’s blockbuster from over 30 yards, palmed round the post by Mattia Perin.
Perin also had to push a long-range Alessandro Diamanti effort out from under the bar and Uros Cosic did well to intercept a Diamanti cross that Alberto Gilardino was ready to tap in.
Weiss was brought down in a debatable penalty by Antonsson, as he seemed to be tripping over his own feet before the contact, but got back up to convert the spot-kick.
The referee awarded another penalty, as Damiano Zenon was caught napping and tried to fix his error with a blatant kick on Niccolo’ Cherubin. Diamanti buried the powerful spot-kick to draw level.
Pescara wanted another penalty before the break for Taider treading on Weiss’ heel. The referee at first opted against it, but changed his mind on advice from his goal-line assistant. With Weiss injured, January signing Gaetano D’Agostino stepped up and converted in off the underside of the crossbar.
Bologna got back on level terms again straight after the restart, as Diamanti curled a free kick into the middle for a Gilardino glancing header.
Gila thought he had turned the game around completely on 54 minutes, but it was disallowed for an extremely tight offside position on his splendid volley.
Bologna did get their goal, as Panagiotis Kone got to the back post completely unmarked for a sliding volley on the Archimede Morleo cross from the left.