Bologna finally earned their first win of the season thanks to Jose Angel Crespo, but it’s crisis time for Livorno.
This was a relegation dogfight and an increasingly decisive one for the hosts, who were rock bottom and the only side still without a win this season. Coach Stefano Pioli was hanging by a thread, but missed Niccolo Cherubin, Henry Gimenez, Dejan Stojanovic and Diego Perez. Livorno were without Leandro Greco and had to recover from three consecutive defeats.
The last time these sides met in the League was a 2-0 Bologna victory in 2009-10. Paulinho had a great chance in the opening minutes, but his header was over from a very promising position.
However, it was Bologna who broke the deadlock when Jose Angel Crespo got between two defenders for a diving header from six yards on Marek Cech’s cross from the left.
It was a very fiery start at the Dall’Ara, as moments later Gianluca Curci palmed a fierce Emerson free kick out from under the bar. Diego Laxalt fired just over and Paulinho’s long-range attempt skimmed the woodwork.
Pasquale Schiattarella’s effort was very close to the bar and Francesco Bardi needed to be alert on a dangerous Alessandro Diamanti header. Luca Siligardi’s screamer whistled just past the upright for Livorno and Diamanti curled inches off target.
Not only was it Bologna’s first win of the season, but they hadn’t earned a victory on home turf since March.