Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio secured a 2-0 victory for Juventus at the Stadio Dall’Ara to end Bologna’s three-game winning streak.
Both sides were brimming with confidence going into this game, as the Bianconeri were nine points clear at the top of the table and welcomed Arturo Vidal back from suspension. Bologna had won three on the bounce, including against Fiorentina and Inter, while Panagiotis Kone’s ban had expired, but Juve were unbeaten at the Dall’Ara since 1998.
The hosts so nearly took the lead after five minutes when Gigi Buffon rushed out of the penalty area to tackle Alberto Gilardino and was fortunate that the Alessandro Diamanti follow-up was deflected wide off Giorgio Chiellini for a corner. Buffon was also lucky his tackle was clean, otherwise it would’ve been a straight red.
Gianluca Curci smothered at the end of a Sebastian Giovinco mazy run through a group of players in the box, then Vidal blasted over from the edge of the box. Diamanti wasted a counter-attack by blasting well wide and Andrea Pirlo also fired over from distance.
Simone Padoin dribbled away from players down the right side of the box and flashed a ball across the face of goal, but Vucinic wasn’t quick enough to stick out a leg and deflect it in with the goalkeeper already beaten.
Diamanti required treatment before the break after an accidental elbow in side of the head from Pirlo and was clearly dazed. In first half stoppages Juve went on the counter and Vidal again couldn’t keep his shot down.
Buffon held a dangerous flicked on Mikael Antonsson header from Diamanti’s free kick, but moments later Giovinco thought he had scored when swinging a right-foot effort inches past the far post.
Bologna had the ball in the back of the net on 51 minutes with Gilardino’s header on a Diamanti set piece, but the flag was raised for offside.
Claudio Marchisio’s daisy-cutter was smothered, then Giovinco cut in past Nicolo Cherubin only to sting Gianluca Curci’s palms from point-blank range.
Diego Perez was booked for a mistimed tackle on Chiellini and moments after play resumed he went into another scything tackle on Peluso, so was fortunate not to be sent off. He surprisingly wasn't substituted, as instead Naldo came on for Bologna to adopt a three-man defence.
Juventus took the lead just past the hour mark, as Vucinic gathered from Marchisio with his back to goal, spun round Naldo and prodded it through Curci’s legs from 12 yards.
Vucinic blasted past the far post from the edge of the box and Buffon watched a Gabbiadini header whistle wide. It was an increasingly tense game with six bookings after 71 minutes.
Marchisio put the result under lock and key with a well-worked goal. A quick one-two with Vucinic allowed him to burst into the area and the midfielder finished with an angled drive to nutmeg Curci.
Substitute Davide Moscardelli curled wide after a fine solo run and Pirlo also turned off target, but Buffon parried a Diamanti free kick with his fists, bizzarrely punching it into the ground as it dipped.
Alessandro Matri was flagged offside in a very tight decision, but had missed the goal anyway.