Bologna fumbled a 2-0 lead, but a late Mattia Destro penalty allowed them to beat Sampdoria in a 3-2 thriller.
Vincenzo Montella had to deal with a completely revamped side going to the Stadio Dall’Ara, as Eder and Ervin Zukanovic had left, while Andrea Ranocchia and Dodo got their first starts. Mattia Cassani was suspended with Carlos Carbonero and Lorenzo De Silvestri sidelined. Bologna had Adam Masina back, but hadn’t beaten Samp home or away since a 3-0 result here in March 2009. That was followed by five draws and four losses.
Mattia Destro had a great chance after six minutes, his glancing header on a corner thumping the inside of the far post.
Bologna did break through as Godfred Donsah nutmegged a defender down the right and pulled back low and hard into the six yard box for Anthony Mounier to flick under the bar. It was the Frenchman’s first goal since October 4.
Ranocchia didn’t make the most reassuring debut, as he was harassed into losing possession and Donsah drilled Bologna’s second in from the edge of the box.
The hosts had the ball in the net for a third time, but only with the aid of Destro’s hand as he got Emanuele Giaccherini’s assist under control.
After the restart Destro saw another volley beaten off the line by Emiliano Viviano, again from a Donsah assist, but Sampdoria got back into the game. Luis Muriel shimmied past Daniele Gastaldello to place his right-foot angled drive past Antonio Mirante from 10 yards.
That goal sparked their enthusiasm and moments later another Muriel effort was fingertipped away at full stretch.
Samp were pouring forward and eventually the deserved equaliser arrived. Mirante did well to parry from Joaquin Correa on a smart Dodo cross, but could do nothing on the rebound from six yards.
Just as Samp seemed to be soaring, Ricky Alvarez handled to block Destro’s header from a corner. Destro kept his cool to convert the penalty and restore Bologna’s lead.
It remained wide open to the end and Fernando’s free kick tested Mirante deep into stoppages, but the hosts held on.
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