Bologna hadn’t scored a single goal in the first four rounds, but embarrassed an awful Roma 2-0 at the Dall’Ara.
The Giallorossi needed a boost after some poor results, including the midweek 3-0 thumping by Real Madrid in the Champions League. Diego Perotti returned from injury and Justin Kluivert had his first start. Pippo Inzaghi was already under pressure after one point from four rounds and not a single goal, but the Stadio Dall’Ara fans cheered them on. Erick Pulgar began his three-match ban for violent conduct, red carded in the defeat to Genoa last week, with Rodrigo Palacio, Filip Helander and Godfred Donsah injured, so started 22-year-old Roma youth product Arturo Calabresi.
The last time Bologna beat Roma was a 3-2 Olimpico thriller in September 2012, followed by four draws and five losses. The most recent home victory was 3-1 in September 2004.
Lukasz Skorupski flew to fingertip a Federico Fazio header out from under the bar, then had to be on his toes to deal with Kluivert’s half-volley from a tight angle on Daniele De Rossi’s cross-field pass.
Bologna had a great chance on 18 minutes, as Federico Mattiello knocked a Sebastien De Maio cross back from the by-line, but Diego Falcinelli incredibly hit a fresh-air shot from four yards.
Skorupski again denied Kluivert at the near post from a long De Rossi ball, but it was Bologna who took the lead. Robin Olsen only flapped at a De Maio cross, so Mattiello cut inside and curled a left-foot finish into the far bottom corner. That was Bologna’s first goal of the season.
Alessandro Florenzi drilled across the face of goal after a poor clearance and Skorupski saved two Fazio headers in quick succession.
Roma should’ve equalised on the stroke of half-time when Skorupsky flapped at a cross, but Lorenzo Pellegrini blasted over an open goal.
Bryan Cristante was fortunate not to be sent off when he bundled Mattias Svanberg over and the referee put his hand to his pocket, but the remembered he was already booked and thought better of it. Inevitably, Di Francesco removed the ex-Atalanta midfielder straight away.
Roma poured forward, but left huge gaps at the back and were caught on the counter with one defender inside their own half. Falcinelli rolled across for Federico Santander, giving him a clear run on goal and Olsen didn’t get enough on the powerful finish.
Alessandro Florenzi’s curler tested Skorupski, but Bologna should’ve had a third when Orji Okwonkwo sprung the offside trap only to flash his angled drive inches wide.
Edin Dzeko missed a sitter, turning over from a couple of yards with his thigh after a knock-down.
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