Bologna utterly dominated the Reggio-Emilia Derby and this 4-1 victory, including two bizarre own goals, allows them to leapfrog Parma and catch Fiorentina.
The hosts were forced to reshuffle, as Andrea Poli, Nicola Sansone and Mitchell Dijks were all suspended following the tense defeat to Milan, plus Federico Mattiello injured. Mattia Destro got a rare start with support from Riccardo Orsolini, Roberto Soriano and Rodrigo Palacio. Parma also had selection issues, with Juraj Kucka and Antonino Barillà creating something of a midfield shortage. Roberto Gagliolo, Nicolas Schiappacasse, Jonathan Biabiany and Alberto Grassi were on the treatment table, but Roberto Inglese was back on the bench after several months out.
It could easily have been 3-0 within the opening nine minutes, because Luigi Sepe needed three sensational reaction saves, as the offside trap failed completely to let first Mattia Destro and then Ladislav Krejci clear on goal, while Riccardo Orsolini cut inside from the right flank to test the goalkeeper at the near post.
Sepe was also alert when Erick Pulgar tried to curl in directly from the corner flag, while Roberto Soriano nodded a Rodrigo Palacio cross just past the near post.
After a period of intense pressure, Bologna finally broke through when Orsolini ran on to a flicked pass down the right, cut inside and smashed a left-foot daisy-cutter into the far bottom corner from eight yards.
Sepe had kept Parma in the game during the first half, but he was at fault for the second goal from Pulgar. He assumed the free kick was going wide of the near post and let it go, but it bounced off the upright, ricocheted off the goalkeeper’s arm and into the net.
Moments later, Bruno Alves was booked for a crunching tackle on Orsolini, but then tried to drag the player up off the ground and sparked a scuffle, securing a red card.
Sepe made up for it to a degree with another excellent low save on Pulgar’s angled drive, while Federico Dimarco got back for a goal-line clearance on Palacio.
The third goal came from a set play, the corner finding the head of Lyanco, despite being held by Francisco Sierralta in the six-yard box.
Alessandro Bastoni made a remarkable interception to prevent both Federico Santander tapping in and the very real risk of an own goal.
Roberto Inglese made his comeback off the bench and had an immediate impact, running on to the intelligent Gervinho slide-rule pass to place a delicate finish past on-rushing Lukasz Skorupski.
However, Sierralta completed his nightmare supersub appearance with an own goal, deflecting Pulgar’s attempt into the net off his shin.
If Parma weren’t looking behind their shoulders before, they certainly need to consider the prospect of being sucked back into the relegation zone now.
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