Torino rode their luck with an Alex Berenguer early goal, followed by Bologna – and particularly Rodrigo Palacio – missing sitters.
Both sides were hovering mid-table and retaining ambitions of Europe if they could get a run of results going. Toro hoped to build on last week’s surprise 2-0 victory away to Roma, though Tomas Rincon, Simone Zaza, Andrea Baselli, Cristian Ansaldi, Lyanco and Iago Falque were out injured. Simone Verdi faced his old club, but Gary Medel, Mitchell Dijks and Stefano Denswil missed the trip.
Sinisa Mihajlovic was given a very warm reception by the Granata fans in his first visit to the former club since the leukaemia diagnosis.
Bologna had a double early chance on a corner, as Takehiro Tomiyasu’s header was charged down and Salvatore Sirigu palmed the Jerdy Schouten follow-up round the post.
However, Toro broke the deadlock with Alex Berenguer’s finish finding its way through a sea of legs from 10 yards to wrong-foot Lukasz Skorupski on an Andrea Belotti pull-back.
Riccardo Orsolini tested Sirigu at the by-line and aimed another solo effort straight at the goalkeeper, but Toro went close with former Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi’s solo run and curler bouncing off the far post.
The visitors seemed livelier after the break, Andrea Poli skimming the woodwork with a first-time finish, then Rodrigo Palacio’s header from a corner thumping the inside of the far upright.
Palacio missed a sitter moments later, somehow scuffing his finish wide from 12 yards with only the goalkeeper to beat, set up by Roberto Soriano.
It was all Bologna in the second half and they had penalty appeals for potential Sasa Lukic handball waved away, then Palacio wasted yet another chance one-on-one with Sirigu, having gone clear on the Nicolas Dominguez through ball, allowing the goalkeeper to smother at his feet.
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