Bologna fought back from a goal down to beat Schalke 04 in a 3-2 friendly thriller, including Nicola Sansone and Rodrigo Palacio goals.
The Rossoblu continued their pre-season preparations without Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who is in hospital following chemotherapy for leukaemia, but he watched the game on a livestream.
He will have been impressed with the performance and result, as Bundesliga side Schalke 04 had taken the lead through Fabian Reese’s tap-in at the back post, Lukasz Skorupski’s save preventing a second from the forward.
After Palacio struck the woodwork, Andrea Poli drew level with a deflected strike from outside the box.
Sansone’s left-foot finish from a tricky angle turned the game around by half-time.
Andreas Skov Olsen made his debut off the bench and Palacio made it 3-1, springing the offside trap on a Ladislav Krejci pull-back to beat the goalkeeper from close range.
Nassim Boujellab pulled one back for Schalke in the final minutes, getting his head to a corner, but Jonas Carls suffered suspected ligament damage during the game.
Schalke: Nubel, Kenny (Boujellab 46), Nastasic (Langer 46), Stambouli (Can 46), Carls, Caligiuri (Schopf, 46’ Sandro 46), Mascarell, Harit, Oczipka (Serdar 46), Mercan (McKennie 62), Reese
Bologna: Skorupski (Da Costa 60); Tomiyasu (Calabresi 62), Danilo (Bani 62), Denswil (Paz 62), Krejci (Mbaye 62); Poli (Corbo 62), Kingsley (Nagy 62), Soriano (Falletti 62); Orsolini (Skov Olsen 46) (Juwara 69), Palacio (Destro 62), Sansone (Falcinelli 62)
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