SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 12 - 4 Nov 2017 (17.00 UK)
Bologna 2 - 3 Crotone
Verdi 38, 45 (B), Budimir 42, 70 (C), Trotta pen 68 (C)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Simone Verdi made history by scoring two free kicks with different feet, but Crotone completed an improbable comeback to win 3-2 in Bologna.

Roberto Donadoni’s side have now suffered four consecutive defeats and missed Antonio Mirante, Vasilis Torosidis, Cheick Keita and suspended Erick Pulgar, but Rodrigo Palacio returned from injury. The Calabrese club were fresh from a surprise 2-1 victory over Fiorentina, but Marco Tumminello and Oliver Kragl were long-term absentees.

The hosts were dominant from the start, Emil Krafth drilling wide from the edge of the area and Simone Verdi’s shot charged down, then Federico Di Francesco couldn’t keep down the header on a Verdi cross.

Crotone emerged from their shell on 24 minutes with the best chance of the game so far, Angelo Da Costa palming a powerful Ante Budimir header over the bar at the back post.

Di Francesco was at full stretch to turn Palacio’s cross wide, then La Trenza set up another opportunity for Andrea Poli’s angled drive to test Alex Cordaz.

Moments later, Cordaz had to use his legs to parry Verdi’s strike from a very similar position after he ran on to a Palacio through ball.

Verdi finally gave Bologna the lead with a trademark free kick curled over the wall with his left foot from just outside the D, as Cordaz never even saw it leave his boot.

It was almost 2-0 moments later, but Poli drilled wide after Andrea Nalini had acrobatically intercepted Palacio’s cross for Verdi.

However, just as Crotone were rocking, they equalised when Nalini threaded through for Marcello Trotta, whose angled drive was parried into the path of Budimir to tap in from a couple of yards.

Verdi wasn’t done yet and curled in another free kick, this time with his right foot, that Cordaz couldn’t keep out at the near top corner. He became the first player to score a brace of free kicks with different feet in Serie A since 2004-05.

Di Francesco went off after an apparent knee sprain and was replaced for the second half by Ladislav Krejci.

Da Costa scrambled across to punch away a Daniel Pavlovic free kick, but the equaliser came from a strange situation. A set play ricocheted around in the box and play was waved on while Bologna went on the counter, as the referee was only able to view the footage via VAR technology once it had gone out of play. Several minutes after the incident, he saw that Emil Krafth had clearly slapped the ball away. Trotta stepped up and sent Da Costa the wrong way by converting Crotone’s first penalty of the season.

Moments later, the game had been turned on its head, as Budimir saw his shot charged down just inside the area and blasted the rebound in with his left foot to send Crotone in front.

It was almost 3-3 at the other end, Palacio skipping past Pavlovic to put in a marvellous cross that Mattia Destro was ready to nod in from six yards with his first touch, but Marcus Rohden dived in to head it away from point-blank range.

Destro also flung himself at a Krafth ball across the face of goal, but couldn’t quite get there, while Verdi’s dangerous assist also failed to find someone to tap in.

It was a siege in the final 10 minutes, with Crotone pegged back into their own final third, but the Calabrese held on for their second consecutive victory.

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Bologna: Da Costa; Krafth, Gonzalez, Helander, Masina (Falletti 78); Poli, Crisetig, Donsah (Destro 73); Verdi, Palacio, Di Francesco (Krejci 46)
Crotone: Cordaz; Sampirisi, Simic, Ceccherini, Pavlovic; Nalini, Barberis, Mandragora, Stoian (Rohden 61); Budimir (Simy 92), Trotta (Izco 82)
Ref: Pasqua