SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 7 - 30 Sep 2018 (11.30 UK)
Bologna 2 - 1 Udinese
Pussetto 32 (U), Santander 42 (B), Orsolini 82 (B)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Federico Santander scored one and set up substitute Riccardo Orsolini as Bologna overturned an Udinese lead.

The Rossoblu and Coach Pippo Inzaghi remained under pressure after finding the net only in their shock 2-0 victory over Roma, but the injury crisis ruled out Rodrigo Palacio, Godfred Donsah, Andrea Poli and Filip Helander. The Friulani were missing Ingelsson, Emmanuel Badu and Andrija Balic.

Udinese had won five of the last seven meetings between these sides, home and away, but there hasn’t been a draw since 2013.

Rolando Mandragora’s daisy-cutter from distance scraped a coat of paint off the base of the far post after eight minutes.

There was huge controversy on 15 minutes when Mattias Svanberg went down in the box after a mistimed William Troost-Ekong tackle. The referee viewed it again on VAR, but surprisingly did not give the spot-kick.

With Bologna still visibly stunned, Udinese went on a rapid counter and Kevin Lasagna should’ve scored, his angled drive scuffed just wide when clear on goal.

Rodrigo De Paul’s curler flashed past the upright too, but Bologna had a big chance when Federico Mattiello burst down the flank to set up Federico Santander, but Jens-Stryger Larsen threw himself in the way for practically a goal-line clearance.

Moments later, Udinese took the lead with a well-worked goal. De Paul’s long cross-field pass found Ignacio Pussetto, who with his first touch knocked it away from Ladislav Krejci and then prodded in off the outside of the boot.

Bologna seemed to be without a plan and just tried to shoot from all angles, but it paid off when Santander hit a missile off the underside of the bar from the edge of the box to equalise.

Svanberg skimmed the woodwork with his viciously dipping and swerving half-volley, then did the same with a pure volley from the edge of the area on a corner moments later.

Orsolini came off the bench and scored practically with his first touch to turn the game around completely. Mattiello got to the by-line well and pulled back for Orsolini’s powerful finish to bend back Simone Scuffet’s glove at the near post.

Santander was very lively and first stung Simone Scuffet’s gloves, then turned his market to set up Orsolini for a low drive from the edge of the area that thumped the upright.

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Bologna: Skorupski; De Maio, Danilo, Calabresi; Mattiello, Svanberg (Orsolini 78), Nagy, Dzemaili, Krejci (Dijks 62); Falcinelli (Okwonkwo 75), Santander
Udinese: Scuffet; Stryger-Larsen, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck, Samir; Behrami (Machis 84); Pussetto (D’Alessandro 57), Fofana, Mandragora, De Paul; Lasagna (Teodorczyk 64)
Ref: Manganiello