Bologna completed a fantastic comeback to beat Fiorentina 2-1 with debutant Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.
This game was postponed from Sunday due to heavy snowfall over the Dall’Ara, so concluded Serie A Week 26. The Viola were boosted after their 4-1 win over Inter, but Giulio Migliaccio stepped in for the suspended David Pizarro, while Facundo Roncaglia, Mati Fernandez, Michele Camporese and Giuseppe Rossi were injured. The Rossoblu missed Frederik Sorensen, but opted for a 4-2-3-1 system with Manolo Gabbiadini back in the starting XI.
The clubs are rivals and this fixture is called the Derby dell’Appennino, as the cities are divided by the mountain range.
The first chance arrived after three minutes, as Alberto Gilardino intercepted Migliaccio’s pass on the edge of the box and Gabbiadini smashed a fierce left-foot shot against the base of the near post.
Juan Cuadrado incredibly failed to score for Fiorentina moments later, as Adem Ljajic sprung the offside trap and rolled across, but he somehow prodded it wide from a yard at the back stick!
Gilardino nearly robbed Emiliano Viviano when sneaking up behind a defender, but Gabbiadini’s follow-up was too weak. Panagiotis Kone and Ljajic had shots charged down, but the Viola broke the deadlock.
Fiorentina went on a strong counter-attack, as Migliaccio rode a tackle to burst down the right and cross for Aquilani, who then rolled across for the unmarked Ljajic to side-foot coolly in at the near post. It was the young striker’s third goal in two games.
Bologna almost equalised with a counter of their own. Rene Krhin pushed up from midfield and spread it to the left for Gabbiadini, whose cross flashed across the face of goal with Gilardino inches away from getting his toe to it.
The hosts had another great opportunity, as Viviano parried Gilardino’s strike from 10 yards. Bologna lost Diego Perez to injury after the restart and a Ljajic screamer was off target. Gianluca Curci rushed out to smother Ljajic’s through ball at the feet of Migliaccio.
Bologna drew level when Diamanti curled a trademark free kick from the outside left edge of the area for Marco Motta’s glancing header from five yards. It was only the third Serie A goal of his career.
The Rossoblu’s tails were up and Viviano smothered a Niccolo Cherubin effort from close range on another set piece, while a Diamanti angled drive flashed across the face of goal, as two Bologna teammates weren’t quick enough to get the final touch.
Curci captured a Migliaccio header from a corner, then Diamanti nodded into Viviano’s arms. Bologna gave Lazaros Christodoulopoulos his Serie A debut and Saphir Taider drilled inches past the base of the near post.
Bologna had a fantastic opportunity when Archimede Morleo flew down the left and pulled back for Christodoulopoulos, only for the Greek newcomer to fire over from six yards as he was leaning backwards.
It was only a warning, as he scored moments later. Fiorentina did not deal with Diamanti’s cross and the Stefan Savic header clear was only as far as the D, where ‘Lazaros’ smashed a shot on the half-volley into the near bottom corner. He arrived from Panathinaikos in the January transfer window on a free.
Curci got down well to beat away a Jovetic snapshot, but in stoppages Luca Toni nodded a Migliaccio cross over from six yards with a totally free header. He was totally unmarked.