Torino continued their strong start to the campaign with a 2-1 victory away to Bologna, their first here in 32 years.
The Rossoblu were looking for their first win of the season, while Toro had to overcome the bitterness of last week’s controversial 2-2 draw with Milan. Marcelo Larrondo fractured his foot during that game and is out for two months, while the hosts missed Niccolo Cherubin and Rene Krhin. Ciro Immobile was a late absentee with flu, making way for Riccardo Meggiorini.
Torino haven’t won at the Dall’Ara since January 1981, managing just six draws from 12 visits.
It took all of 120 seconds for Toro to break the deadlock, as Alessio Cerci’s cross-shot was not dealt with and Danilo D’Ambrosio was ready to nod in at the back post.
Davide Moscardelli almost equalised immediately, but couldn’t keep his looping header on target. Gianluca Curci was at full stretch to palm away Cerci’s snapshot with one hand. Kamil Glik thought he had scored on 25 minutes, but he was offside when volleying in a loose ball.
Bologna managed to equalise when Cesare Natali got his head to an Alessandro Diamanti free kick. It was parried, but the defender managed to bundle the rebound over the line from a couple of yards.
The Rossoblu almost went in front before the break, but Gyorgy Garcis saw his strike clip the frame of the goal.
However, Cerci’s stunning free kick smacked against the underside of the bar, bounced back off the line and in the ensuing melee a Francesco Della Rocca push on El Kaddouri prompted the referee to award a penalty. Cerci stepped up and scored off the inside of the bar despite Curci getting a hand to it.
Natali continued his protests against the penalty at half-time, earning himself a red card for dissent and reducing Bologna to 10 men.
The second half remained ill-tempered, as Alexander Farnerud managed to get booked within 100 seconds of coming off the bench.
Panagiotis Kone thought he had made it 2-2 on 74 minutes, but the offside flag was raised for his header.
Sent off: Natali 45 (B)