SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 29 - 19 Mar 2017 (14.00 UK)
Bologna 4 - 1 Chievo
Castro 40 (C), Verdi 61 (B), Dzemaili 72, 90 (B), Di Francesco 93 (B)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Bologna fought back from a goal down to crush Chievo 4-1 for their second consecutive victory, as Blerim Dzemaili bagged a brace.

Roberto Donadoni’s men were revitalised by last week’s surprise Emilia-Romagna Derby win away to Sassuolo, ending a run of just two points from seven rounds. Vasilis Torosidis and Adam Masina were suspended with Luca Rizzo and Antonio Mirante injured. The Flying Donkeys were coming off a 4-0 demolition of Empoli, but missed Massimo Gobbi and Serge Gakpe. Riccardo Meggiorini was on compassionate leave and the team warmed up with messages for the striker who lost his mother this week.

Bologna had only beaten Chievo once in the previous eight Serie A meetings, 4-0 back in January 2013 interrupting four draws and three losses, home and away.

Blerim Dzemaili really should’ve put the hosts in front after 14 minutes, but incredibly ballooned over the bar undisturbed from six yards.

Ivan Radovanovic tested Angelo Da Costa with a scorcher from distance, but Chievo took the lead when Lucas Castro sprung the offside trap to turn and dink it over the on-rushing goalkeeper from seven yards.

Mattia Destro wasted a golden opportunity to equalise at the dawn of the second half, controlling a long Ladislav Krejci ball over the top only to scuff wide under pressure from seven yards.

Bologna did get their equaliser when Krejci pulled back from the by-line down the left for Simone Verdi to smash under the bar from a tight angle.

The turnaround was complete, as substitute Federico Di Francesco’s cross found Dzemaili for a diving header at the back post.

In stoppages Bologna finished off the rout for their second consecutive victory, as Chievo were caught in possession for a Verdi counter and Dzemaili flicked it past a helpless Stefano Sorrentino.

There was still time for a fourth, Domenico Maietta of all people going on the counter for Di Francesco’s angled drive.


Bologna: Da Costa; Krafth (Di Francesco 60), Maietta, Helander, Gastaldello; Nagy, Pulgar, Dzemaili; Verdi, Destro (Petkovic 69), Krejci (Mbaye 84)
Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey (Kiyine 83), Spolli, Cesar, Cacciatore; Castro, Radovanovic, Hetemaj (De Guzman 78); Birsa; Pellissier (Izco 70), Inglese
Ref: Abisso