Bologna completed the comeback from a goal down to conquer Sampdoria 2-1, with Riccardo Orsolini scoring one and forcing an own goal.
The Blucerchiati were forced to revamp their defence, as both Lorenzo Tonelli and Tommaso Augello were suspended, with Keita Balde Diao injured upfront, so Omar Colley and Vasco Regini stepped in for a revamped 4-3-3 formation. Bologna welcomed back Aaron Hickey and Jerdy Schouten from injury.
Samp took an early lead when Antonio Candreva’s corner found Morten Thorsby for a diving header from six yards.
Fabio Quagliarella’s lob floated just over the bar and Rodrigo Palacio’s effort was palmed round the post. Riccardo Orsolini was fortunate to see the offside flag on the Matias Svanberg through ball, because otherwise he’d fired onto the crossbar of an open goal from six yards.
Samp gifted Bologna the equaliser with a comical own goal, as Orsolini’s corner was whipped hopefully into the six-yard box and Vasco Regini prodded it into his own net under no pressure.
It proved a pivotal moment, because Bologna turned the game around after the restart when Musa Barrow put a great cross from the left flank to the far post for Orsolini’s header.
Quagliarella’s delicate dink over the on-rushing goalkeeper was just off target, then Candreva stung Lukasz Skorupski’s gloves with a rocket.
Emil Audero kept his men in it with a save at the near post on Palacio, while Palacio also clipped the upright deep into stoppages. Despite wasting the chances to kill it off earlier, Bologna held on for the points.
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