SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 6 - 31 Oct 2020 (19.45 UK)
Bologna 3 - 2 Cagliari
Joao Pedro 14 (C), Barrow 45, 56 (B), Simeone 47 (C), Soriano 52 (B)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Bologna twice fought back from a goal down to eventually beat Cagliari in a 3-2 thriller with Musa Barrow the hero thanks to two goals.

The hosts had a huge injury crisis to deal with, missing Federico Santander, Ibrahima Mbaye, Nicola Sansone, Andrea Poli, Gary Medel, Mitchell Dijks and Andreas Skov Olsen. The Sardinians made the trip without Luca Ceppitelli and Alessandro Tripaldelli, but had won their last two games.

Musa Barrow had an early goal ruled offside and aimed another effort at Alessio Cragno after a nutmeg, but Cagliari seemed more alert in their movement and attacked with more regularity.

The visitors took the lead when Riccardo Orsolini’s pass was intercepted in midfield to spark a rapid passing counter, Joao Pedro completing the give and go with Riccardo Sottil down the left to volley in from seven yards. That takes the on-going Serie A record of games without a Bologna clean sheet to 39.

Orsolini’s ferocious free kick stung Alessio Cragno’s gloves, as did the Mattias Svanberg scorcher, but on the resulting corner, Roberto Soriano’s header at the back post was off target from point-blank range.

Cragno was also at full stretch to fingertip a Rodrigo Palacio curler round the base of the far post. However, even the Cagliari goalkeeper in sparkling form couldn’t get near Barrow’s shot when he cut inside past Charalampos Lykogiannis down the left, curling right-footed into the far top corner.

Cagliari restored their lead 60 seconds after the restart, as Joao Pedro’s nutmeg pass found Gabriele Zappa, who dribbled past Svanberg to roll across for Giovanni Simeone to sweep home.

Barrow failed to make the most of a Palacio through ball and Cragno did well to pull out of the challenge, so there was no penalty.

Moments later, Bologna equalised, as Orsolini nodded down a long ball for Soriano, who took a touch and fizzed in the daisy-cutter from outside the box.

The hosts took the lead for the first time moments later, as Barrow fizzed a right-foot finish into the far bottom corner from 20 metres, bouncing just in front of Cragno.

Barrow nearly made it a hat-trick, as on 67 minutes Cragno managed to parry a powerful strike from six yards at the near post, set up for him by Orsolini.

Leonardo Pavoletti came on and almost scored with his first touch, a diving header charged down by Danilo, then Adam Ounas tested Lukas Skorupski from the tightest of angles.

Joao Pedro also had a strike charged down after more good work from Ounas and Nahitan Nandez, but despite pouring forward, Cagliari were unable to get the game back on track.

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Bologna: Skorupski; De Silvestri, Danilo, Tomiyasu, Hickey; Schouten, Svanberg (Dominguez 82); Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow (Vignato 89); Palacio (Denswil 82)
Cagliari: Cragno; Zappa (Faragò 70), Walukiewicz, Godin, Lykogiannis; Marin (Cerri 86), Rog; Nandez, Joao Pedro, Sottil (Ounas 63); Simeone (Pavoletti 70)
Ref: Fabbri