Bologna shocked Parma to win the Emilia-Romagna Derby at the Stadio Tardini this evening.
This was a local derby between two teams who had already secured their Serie A safety, so the pressure was off and pride was at stake. Massimo Gobbi was suspended for the hosts, but Bologna missed Alberto Gilardino, Panagiotis Kone and Diego Perez on bans with Gianluca Curci, Mikael Antonsson, De Carvalho and Niccolo Cherubin injured, forcing a radical reshuffle.
Parma were unbeaten in this Serie A fixture since September 2004, managing two wins and a draw. However, it was Bologna who got off to an aggressive start, as Saphir Taider blasted over from a poorly-cleared Alessandro Diamanti free kick.
After just six minutes, Taider broke the deadlock with a very similar opportunity. This time he had the finish on target from a weak defensive clearance.
Jonathan Biabiany fought back with an angled drive just wide, then Amauri and Ishak Belfodil both forced saves out of Dejan Stojanovic.
The 19-year-old Bologna goalkeeper had to turn a Biabiany curler round the post after a sensational spin to find space, also needing two touches to deny Gabriel Paletta.
Stojanovic had conceded nine goals in his first two Serie A games, but performed two stunning saves on the stroke of half-time. He flew to palm away an Amauri header, then kept out Belfodil’s follow-up from point-blank range too.
Stojanovic was a little too confident moments later when rushing off his line, but Amauri couldn’t make the most of it.
Bologna almost scored a second within two minutes of the restart, as Paletta desperately intercepted a wayward Archimede Morleo effort that was turning into an assist for Manolo Gabbiadini.
Alessandro Lucarelli was also decisive when stopping a Davide Moscardelli cross reaching Christodoulopoulos at the back stick.
Bologna were dangerous on the counter-attack and it paid off, as Moscardelli sprung the offside trap to beat Antonio Mirante with an angled drive.