Mattia Destro struck late on to cancel out the Joao Pedro opener, as Bologna and Cagliari shared the spoils at the Dall’Ara.
The hosts were back in business after ending a run of four straight defeats with two wins on the bounce, beating Verona and Sampdoria. Vasilis Torosidis was suspended with Giancarlo Gonzalez, Federico Di Francesco and Cesar Falletti injured. The Sardinians missed Marco Sau and were eager to end the run of four consecutive defeats at the Stadio Dall’Ara.
Fabio Pisacane stepped in when Marco Andreolli picked up an injury during the warm-up for Cagliari.
Joao Pedro dived on to a Simone Padoin cross from six yards, but brave goalkeeping from Antonio Mirante did just about enough to force it over the bar.
Bologna thought they’d opened the scoring when Simone Verdi turned in a low Andrea Poli assist, but he was flagged offside.
There was a controversial incident moments later, as Rodrigo Palacio’s header was charged down from point-blank range by Luca Ceppitelli. It did strike his arm, but replays showed it ricocheted on to it via his face, so could not be considered voluntary.
The goal did arrive and it was for Cagliari, as Domenico Maietta’s misplaced pass was intercepted by Paolo Faragò, chipping up the assist for Joao Pedro to control and score at the near post.
Antonio Mirante did well to palm away one-handed after Artur Ionita’s give-and-go with Leonardo Pavoletti, while Erick Pulgar’s free kick was beaten out from under the bar.
Andrea Poli was booked for simulation and will be suspended against his old club Milan. The midfielder also blasted a half-volley over from Rodrigo Palacio’s cross, but Bologna did finally draw level 10 minutes from time.
Rafael and Pisacane mistimed their jumps, so Mattia Destro got his head to the Adam Masina cross.
It was a tense finale with both sides giving it their all, often with fouls and rough tackles, but Leonardo Pavoletti fired the best opportunity over the bar.