Serie A Week 3 - 4 Oct 2020 (14.00 UK)
Benevento 1 - 0 Bologna
Lapadula 66 (Be)
Stadio Ciro Vigorito

Gianluca Lapadula got the better of Aaron Hickey to volley in Benevento’s winner at the back post, but Bologna felt their equaliser was harshly disallowed.

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Pippo Inzaghi faced his former club and had a fearless start to this Serie A season, winning 3-2 at Sampdoria and losing 5-2 to Inter. Nicolas Viola, Federico Barba and Andres Tello were still out of action, but Iago Falque was thrown in from the start for his debut. The visitors missed Andrea Poli, Mitchell Dijks and were feeling confident after crushing Parma 4-1.

However, Le Streghe lost Gabriele Moncini to a muscular problem after just 15 minutes, making way for Gianluca Lapadula. He was soon followed by Gary Medel in the Bologna squad.

Roberto Soriano had penalty appeals waved away for a late and clumsy Daam Foulon tackle, while Musa Barrow went on a spectacular mazy run through a crowd of defenders only to be denied by the fingertips of Lorenzo Montipò.

The Benevento shot-stopper again proved decisive when Andreas Skov-Olsen was sent clear in a one-on-one situation by Soriano’s slide-rule pass.

Montipò has made some howlers so far this season, but he was on top form this afternoon, denying Skov Olsen from point-blank range, while Kamil Glik also needed a decisive tackle.

Skorupski was at full stretch to fingertip a cross-shot over the bar, but from that corner, Gianluca Lapadula got in front of Aaron Hickey to volley in from six yards.

Bologna had the ball in the net just three minutes later when a corner bounced off Bryan Dabo and into the path of Mattias Svanberg to fire in from five yards. However, it was disallowed using VAR for a Lorenzo De Silvestri handball.

The Rossoblu pushed to the very end, but Montipò had a great game and kept out Nicola Sansone’s strike from the edge of the box too and, when he was beaten, Barrow turned over the bar.

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Benevento: Montipò; Letizia, Glik, Caldirola, Foulon; Ionita (Improta 73), Schiattarella, Hetemaj (Dabo 62); Caprari (Sau 62), Iago Falque (Tuia 73), Moncini (Lapadula 15)
Bologna: Skorupski; De Silvestri (Sansone 77), Tomiyasu, Medel (Danilo 19), Hickey (Denswil 67); Schouten, Svanberg (Vignato 78); Skov-Olsen (Orsolini 67), Soriano, Barrow; Palacio
Ref: Sozza