Palermo caused a huge upset with their first away victory of the season, doing so against Stefano Pioli’s Bologna, the man they fired in August.
Stefano Pioli came face to face with the club that sacked him in August, a decision President Maurizio Zamparini sorely regrets. The Rossoblu were decimated for this game, as Diego Perez, Gaby Mudingayi and Andrea Raggi all sat out bans, while Gyorgy Garics, Casarini and Antonsson were injured. Fredrik Sorensen made his first start for Bologna since his January loan from Juventus.
Palermo also missed many stars for this trip. Nicolas Bertolo continued his three-match ban, Federico Balzaretti and Matias Silvestre were injured with Fabrizio Miccoli on compassionate leave after his father-in-law was taken ill.
A Massimo Donati volley was over the bar and Taider tested Emiliano Viviano. Gaston Ramirez almost scored directly from the corner flag, forcing Viviano into a very tricky save.
Palermo lost Eros Pisano to a muscular problem, making way for Milanovic. Josip Ilicic curled over the bar and Viviano turned Nico Pulzetti’s right-foot shot out for a corner. Before half-time another injury forced Rene Krhin off the field for Bologna.
Abel Hernandez wasted a good chance straight after the restart when he came sliding in one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but misjudged the flight of the Ilicic ball.
Bologna finally broke the deadlock in this game with Sorensen marking his debut in style. The Juventus-owned defender surged forward and feinted a cross, but saw a spot instead and smashed the strike across goalkeeper Viviano into the far bottom corner.
The Rossoblu were so very close to a second with Di Vaio. Ramirez made the most of a defensive error and burst forward on the counter undisturbed. Rather than go for goal himself, he altruistically rolled across for the unmarked Di Vaio, but the veteran somehow prodded it too close to Viviano, who was able to save a certain goal.
They were made to pay for that error, as Palermo equalised from a corner kick. Substitute Igor Budan might've got a touch on the chipped Massimo Donati free kick, but replays suggest it went straight in.
Palermo remarkably took the lead soon after. Budan was again involved, as this time he went clear on goal by barging Daniele Portanova aside and his shot was parried by Antonioli, but Abel Hernandez kept his cool to sweep into an empty net.
Andrea Mantovani was sent off for a second bookable offence, leaving the Sicilians to end the game with 10 men.
However, Palermo still added a third to celebrate their first away victory of the season! Abel Hernandez started the counter-attack from his own half and rolled across for Ilicic, but defender Archimede Morleo came sliding in to accidentally turn into his own net.
Bologna had the chance to pull one back in the final minutes, but Gimenez struck the far post with a right-foot angled drive.
Sent off: Mantovani 81 (P)