This game had it all, from sensational scissor-kick volley strikes to goalkeeping howlers.
Both teams started the campaign with defeats, so were eager to make up for it in this early relegation tussle. Archimede Morleo, Niccolo Cherubin and Frederik Sorensen were still unavailable for Bologna, while Paolo Castellini sat out a ban for Samp following his dismissal against Juventus.
Davide Moscardelli’s header was over after 120 seconds, while Rolando Bianchi had the ball in the back of the net, but only after manhandling his marker to get the free header.
Sampdoria took the lead with their first real opportunity and it was a howler from goalkeeper Gianluca Curci. Manolo Gabbiadini’s shot from 20 metres seemed to be ineffective, but he spilled it horribly and Eder was there to tap in from a couple of yards.
Desperate defending prevented Sampdoria from making it 2-0, as Lorenzo De Silvestri’s shot was charged down and so was the follow-up from Renan.
Bologna had their second goal of the game disallowed. The Moscardelli screamer smacked against the bar and Panagiotis Kone was offside when turning in the rebound.
Junior Da Costa needed a desperate save to turn Rolando Bianchi’s backheel flick out for a corner.
The Rossoblu did get back on level terms from that set-piece when Da Costa just about flapped an Alessandro Diamanti cross on to the upright and Moscardelli was ready to tap in the follow-up.
Gabbiadini’s free kick whistled past the post and Cesare Natali just failed to get his head to another set piece.
De Silvestri’s glancing header from a corner shaved a coat of paint off the base of the far post with the goalkeeper beaten.
Bologna turned the game around completely with a real contender for goal of the season. Kone leapt up into the air for a stunning scissor-kick volley from 12 yards that flew under the bar.
It was a fantastic game and Gabbiadini scored against his former club with a long-range free kick that curled over the wall to beat him at the near post.
In stoppages Mustafi thought he was about to nod in the winner for Sampdoria, but Mantovani’s brave defending blocked it from point-blank range.