It was a bizarre game at the Stadio Dall’Ara, as both teams scored directly from the corner flag before Federico Chiesa’s more traditional winner.
This was the Derby dell’Appennino and a boost was frankly needed by both sides. Bologna had lost three of the previous four rounds, but added Italy Under-21 international winger Riccardo Orsolini to their squad on transfer deadline day. Simone Verdi was still out injured with a thigh strain. The Viola were fresh from a humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Verona, without a victory in four games, and had defender German Pezzella suspended.
Fiorentina were unbeaten against Bologna since a 2-1 result at the Dall’Ara in February 2013, followed by one point from the next seven meetings, home and away.
Antonio Mirante was at full stretch to fingertip and Marco Benassi snapshot round the far post, but he woefully misjudged the Jordan Veretout corner and saw it sail over him directly into the far top corner.
Mattia Destro fought back, his strike cannoning off the upright with a deflection from Marco Sportiello. However, incredibly, Bologna equalised with another goal directly from the corner flag, as Sportiello was flapping wildly at Erick Pulgar’s set play.
Fiorentina restored their advantage with a rather more traditional goal, as Federico Chiesa cut inside from the right flank, rode two tackles and fired in with his left foot.
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