SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 20 - 20 Jan 2019 (14.00 UK)
Spal 1 - 1 Bologna
Palacio 24 (B), Kurtic 63 (S)
Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL had a goal disallowed for being inches offside and were denied by a goal-line clearance in the 1-1 draw with Bologna.

This was a local Emilia-Romagna Derby as well as a relegation dogfight, so tension was sky high at the Stadio Mazza. Blerim Dzemaili missed out for the visitors, while Emiliano Viviano made his debut in the SPAL goal after a transfer from Sporting CP.

Viviano had two desperate saves to make in the opening minutes, keeping out both Rodrigo Palacio and the Roberto Soriano follow-up.

Soriano sprung the offside trap and sent a defender to ground only to then curl inches wide with the aid of a deflection. On the resulting corner, Viviano flapped it off the line and Soriano fired the rebound on to the upright.

Bologna eventually broke through when Palacio cut inside past a defender and curled a spectacular right-foot finish into the top corner from the edge of the box.

SPAL fought back, Mirco Antenucci’s volley into the ground palmed round the upright by Lukasz Skorupski and Jasmin Kurtic curling inches wide.

The hosts thought they had equalised on 54 minutes, as Andrea Petagna tried to knock down a cross and Antenucci reacted quicker than anyone to curl right-footed into the far bottom corner from just inside the penalty area. However, after a long wait for the VAR silent check, it was confirmed Petagna was inches offside and the goal was disallowed.

It was only a warning shot, as SPAL did equalise when Manuel Lazzari whipped in a cross from the right for Jasmin Kurtic’s towering header.

Viviano was alert to prevent Orsolini’s spectacular overhead kick at the back post from immediately restoring Bologna’s advantage.

Antenucci swore he’d done enough to turn the game around completely on another Lazzari cross, but beat the goalkeeper only to see Danilo somehow clear it off the line.

Lazzari went off injured and Kevin Bonifazi just failed to get his head to a dangerous Palacio cross.

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Spal: Viviano; Vicari, Felipe, Bonifazi; Lazzari (Cionek 84), Kurtic, Valdifiori (Schiattarella 80), Missiroli, Fares; Petagna (Paloschi 88), Antenucci
Bologna: Skorupski; Calabresi, Danilo, Helander, Dijks; Poli (Svanberg 78), Pulgar, Soriano; Orsolini (Santander 78), Palacio, Sansone
Ref: Fabbri