Federico Chiesa scored his career first Serie A hat-trick, as Bologna crumbled in the second half, allowing Fiorentina a morale-boosting 4-0 victory.
Pietro Terracciano again took the gloves for Bartlomiej Dragowski, with Marco Benassi out for the season, but Gaetano Castrovilli returned from suspension. Rodrigo Palacio sat out a ban, with Mattia Bani, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ladislav Krejci injured.
It was a bright start from the visitors, as Nico Dominguez’s volley was palmed round the post by Terracciano, then Riccardo Orsolini’s wayward effort turned into an assist for Nicola Sansone, who came sliding in at the back stick and pushed wide.
Federico Chiesa thought he’d scored when beating Lukasz Skorupski and sending defenders to ground, but the finish was cleared off the line by Danilo, then Patrick Cutrone couldn’t keep the rebound down.
Bologna had another huge opportunity on the stroke of half-time, as Dominguez completed a give and go with Musa Barrow only to slip and fire over from 12 yards.
Chiesa came out fighting for the second half, his control and volley too close to Skorupski, but he scored moments later with the aid of a deflection off Gary Medel. Dalbert and Gaetano Castrovilli combined to create the space, eventually Chiesa’s finish from 12 yards deflected to totally wrong-foot the goalkeeper.
Chiesa’s confidence was boosted and he completed his brace soon after that. He dribbled past Danilo, the first shot was parried by Skorupski, but he was quickest to react and prodded in the rebound.
Bologna simply vanished in the second half and the Viola added a third from a set play, as German Pezzella only knocked the Erick Pulgar corner on for Nikola Milenkovic to tap in from close range.
Chiesa completed his hat-trick in the final minutes, cutting inside from the left and curling right-footed into the far corner. He then celebrated by running into the stands and playfully slapping teammate Franck Ribery.
See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk