Bologna fought back twice to catch Chievo in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadio Dall’Ara.
Stefano Pioli faced his former club and has found great success at the Dall’Ara, as both these sides were already close to securing their Serie A safety. Bologna were particularly confident after crushing Lazio 3-1 in Rome last week and welcomed back Diego Perez from suspension, though Henry Gimenez and Gyorgy Garics were still sidelined. Chievo had to recover from their home defeat to Inter without Santiago Morero, Gennaro Sardo and Gulan.
Referee Massimiliano Irrati was making his Serie A debut. Boukary Drame’s cross flashed into the six-yard box from the by-line, but Alberto Paloschi came diving in and just failed to get enough contact on to his header.
Chievo took the lead against the run of play with a bizarre goal. The free kick from Michael Bradley was pulled back for Sergio Pellissier’s shot, which took a massive deflection off Marco Andreolli on the way through a sea of legs, totally wrong-footing Jean-Francois Gillet. The Bologna goalkeeper desperately tried to scramble back, but couldn’t stop the ball rolling over the line.
It should’ve been 2-0 to Chievo on 35 minutes when a Pellissier ball across the face of goal found Drame unmarked at the back post, but Gillet did brilliantly to bat it off the line from point-blank range.
Bologna continued to pour forward and dominate possession with a series of corners and free kicks. Gaston Ramirez tested Stefano Sorrentino from distance, but Chievo’s Pellissier pulled back across for Paloschi to somehow fire wide from six yards.
Bologna wasted a good chance too, as Alessandro Diamanti and Ramirez went for the same ball from eight yards, clattering into each other.
The equaliser did arrive with Marco Di Vaio, who was left unmarked and sprung the offside trap to tap in a wayward Perez strike from the edge of the box. Chievo were furious and insisted he was offside, but the replays show the assistant referee got it spot-on.
Bradley volleyed wide from a Pellissier assist and Chievo did restore their advantage soon after.
Substitute Perparim Hetemaj robbed Perez in midfield to spark the Pellissier counter-attack, finished off coolly by Cyril Thereau into an empty net.
It still wasn’t over, as Bologna fought back again to make it 2-2. Alessandro Diamanti surged forward on a solo run and unleashed a powerful shot that squirmed under Sorrentino’s body despite him getting a hand to it.