Bologna earned a precious point against stuttering Genoa to keep their hopes of safety alive.
The Grifone were comfortably mid-table, but eager to get back on track after a disastrous run of one point from five games. Bologna desperately needed a result to escape relegation, but had two points from six rounds.
Daniele Portanova was suspended against his former club with Francelino Matuzalem, Emanuele Calaio, Paolo De Ceglie and Juraj Kucka sidelined. The visitors missed Diego Perez, Davide Moscardelli, Dejan Stojanovic, Diego Laxalt and Francesco Della Rocca.
When they met earlier this season, Bologna earned one of only five victories all season, but it was decided by Alessandro Diamanti who left for Guangzhou Evergrande in February.
Panagiotis Kone had an early effort charged down and Nicolas Burdisso kept his cool to block a dangerous Lazaros Christodoulopoulos counter, but Genoa lost Stefano Sturaro to injury almost immediately.
It was a very ill-tempered encounter with a series of yellow cards and tussles breaking out on the field.
Luca Antonelli sprung the offside trap down the left only for Gianluca Curci to rush off his line and charge it down at his feet.
Bologna had a great chance after the restart with Erik Friberg flicking on a pass, but Rolando Bianchi’s half-volley sailed over the bar.
The visitors were improving as time wore on and Kone’s glancing header smacked against the crossbar from a Lazaros Christodoulopoulos free kick.
Luca Antonini threw himself in the path of a Daniele Paponi effort and Kone’s overhead kick whistled wide.
Bologna should’ve won it at 82 minutes when Genoa were caught out on the counter, but Mattia Perin stood tall and palmed Paponi’s shot out from under the crossbar.