SERIE A MATCH REPORT

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Bologna 1 - 1 Udinese
Okaka 33 (U), Palacio 92 (B)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Rodrigo Palacio snatched a stoppage-time equaliser to prevent Bologna’s second home defeat in a row, cancelling out Stefano Okaka’s header for Udinese.

Sinisa Mihajlovic celebrated his 51st birthday this week, but had to improvise with Jerdy Schouten and Stefano Denswil suspended following their red cards in the 3-0 home defeat to Genoa. Lukasz Skorupski, Mattias Svanberg, Roberto Soriano, Federico Santander, Nicola Sansone, Gary Medel, Mitchell Dijks and Ladislav Krejci were also injured. Udinese were without a win in five rounds, scoring one goal in their last four games.

Rodrigo Palacio hit the side-netting from a tricky angle, then Ken Sema pulled back from the by-line only to find none of his Udinese teammates had made the run.

Rodrigo De Paul tested Angelo Da Costa from distance, while Juan Musso pushed a Riccardo Orsolini angled drive round the near post and on the resulting corner Andreas Skov-Olsen drilled wide.

It was Udinese who took the lead on 33 minutes when Stefano Okaka was left relatively unmarked to nod in De Paul’s free kick from seven yards.

The visitors threatened again with Jens Stryger-Larsen trying to pull back for Lasagna, but they lost the lively Sema to injury.

Ibrahima Mbaye couldn’t keep his header down on an Orsolini cross to the far post, while Musso was alert on a deflected Musa Barrow cross.

The former Atalanta striker also hit a scorcher inches wide on the stroke of half-time.

Orsolini peeled away from Marvin Zeegelaar and his volley at the near post was kept out by an unorthodox and rather painful Musso save.

Palacio drilled wide from a Nico Dominguez assist, while 18-year-old Andri Fannar Baldursson (born January 2002) made quite an impact on his Serie A debut, a back-heel flick setting up Orsolini for a strike deflected wide by Bram Nuytinck’s desperate block.

De Paul rolled across the six-yard box for Lasagna, denied only by a crucial Mbaye sliding interception.

Orsolini should’ve equalised on 83 minutes when finishing off a well-worked move, but the left-foot curler skimmed the far post. Udinese were under siege in the closing stages, Baldursson’s effort deflected wide too, until in stoppages Takehiro Tomiyasu’s cross from the right found a bungled Orsolini overhead kick, instead it fell for Palacio to bundle over the line from close range. It was the fifth goal Bologna have scored in stoppages this season, proving like their coach, they never give up.

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Bologna: Da Costa; Tomiyasu, Danilo, Bani, Mbaye; Dominguez, Poli (Juwara 82); Orsolini, Skov-Olsen (Baldursson 58), Barrow; Palacio
Udinese: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Nuytinck; Stryger-Larsen, De Paul, Mandragora, Fofana (Walace 63), Sema (Zeegelaar 37); Okaka, Lasagna (Jajalo 81)
Ref: Pasqua