Sinisa Mihajlovic returned to the touchline in an eventful 2-2 draw with two red cards and a missed Joaquin Correa penalty.
This was a very special occasion, as Sinisa Mihajlovic – who wore the Lazio jersey from 1998-2004 and was teammates with Simone Inzaghi – returned to the Bologna bench after his second course of chemotherapy. He’d been present for the opening two Serie A games against Verona and SPAL, but went back into hospital on September 8 and was released today with special permission from his doctors.
Bologna had one point from the last three rounds and suspended Roberto Soriano made way for Mattias Svanberg. The Biancocelesti had Joaquin Correa back from injury and hoped to build on back-to-back victories between Serie A and the Europa League.
The hosts took the lead when Riccardo Orsolini skipped down the right past defenders and floated a perfect cross for the head of Ladislav Krejci, who had peeled away from Luiz Felipe.
However, within a few minutes, Lazio had equalised. Ciro Immobile got down the left side of the box and Skorupski was expecting him to shoot for the far post or put in a cross. Instead, the striker saw a gap and drilled it low into the near bottom corner, wrong-footing the goalkeeper.
That didn’t last long either, as Bologna restored their advantage when Svanberg’s curler bounced off the far post and Rodrigo Palacio pounced on the rebound for 2-1.
It remained wide open at the Dall’Ara, with Svanberg testing the goalkeeper, Francesco Acerbi just failing to make contact with a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic free kick and Nicola Sansone blasting straight at Strakosha.
Lazio came back yet again for 2-2 before half-time, as Immobile completed a give and go with Luis Alberto to turn in another precise rather than powerful angled drive to the far bottom corner.
Bologna had the ball in the net again when Danilo skimmed a Svanberg free kick, but the defender was in an offside position.
Lazio went down to 10 men for the final half-hour, as Lucas Leiva was already booked when lunging into Svanberg right in front of the referee for an inevitable second yellow card.
There was controversy when Correa was clear on goal and hauled down by a cynical Gary Medel foul, practically a rugby tackle. The referee only showed a yellow card, but after viewing it again on VAR, changed it to a straight red.
Krejci flashed a ball across the face of goal and Orsolini came sliding in, just unable to make contact at the back post.
Luis Alberto also threatened, his angled drive from the edge of the box palmed round the far post by Skorupski at full stretch.
Correa failed to make the most of a double ricochet, as he tried to place the finish beneath Skorupski, then Palacio turned a header over the bar at the back post.
There was more drama, as Acerbi had made a rare run forward when his heel was clipped by Palacio for a penalty. Immobile had already been substituted, so Correa stepped up and fired his spot-kick on to the crossbar.
Bologna wasted their own chance to win it at the death, a Krejci cross finding Skov Olsen only for the weak free header to be straight at the goalkeeper.
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Sent off: Lucas Leiva 59 (L), Medel 69 (B)
Missed penalty: Correa 88 (L)