There was no shortage of entertainment when Bologna fell to defeat in a 4-3 thriller with Villarreal, hitting the woodwork twice.
The pre-season friendly was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle, San Marino, and Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic watched from his hospital bed during chemotherapy via live-streaming, as he has done throughout this summer.
Rodrigo Palacio cancelled out an early Moi Gomez opener, then Andreas Skov Olsen and Mattias Svanberg were denied by goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, but Roberto Soriano hit the upright. But if you think Soriano could be Serie A's top scorer this season, check out the bonus code here to get a better return.
Andre Zambo Anguissa and Andrea Poli stung the gloves of the two goalkeepers, but Santi Cazorla and substitute Samuel Chukwueze opened up a 3-1 lead.
Bologna showed great character to fight back, as Federico Santander’s header and a goal from Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu completed the comeback.
However, Villarreal snatched the 4-3 victory with Gerard Moreno’s left-foot screamer into the top corner.
Poli thought he’d made it 4-4 right at the death, but Asenjo palmed it on to the upright.
Bologna 3-4 Villarreal
Gomez 5 (V), Palacio 24 (B), Cazorla 62 (V), Chukwueze 66 (V), Santander 74 (B), Tomiyasu 81 (B), Moreno 85 (V)
Bologna: Skorupski; Mbaye (Tomiyasu 75), Denswil (Danilo 75), Bani (Corbo 88), Krejci; Svanberg (Poli 46), Kingsley (Destro 71), Soriano; Skov Olsen (Orsolini 46), Palacio (Santander 63), Sansone
Villarreal: Asenjo; Pena (Gaspar 71), Torres (Funes Mori 71), Albiol, Quintilla; Iborra (Chukwueze 60), Anguissa (Morlanes 81), Cazorla; Gomez (Trigueros 71), Moreno, Toko (Bacca 71)