Torino were utterly toothless without Andrea Belotti, as Blerim Dzemaili got a surprise brace for Bologna’s first home win since November.
Sinisa Mihajlovic vented his rage at the Granata after fumbling a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Milan on Monday, but made this trip without suspended top scorer Andrea Belotti. Cristian Molinaro, Leandro Castan and Maxi Lopez were also left out, so Lucas Boye had a rare start. The hosts missed Vasilis Torosidis, Umar Sadiq, Filip Helander, Daniele Gastaldello and Saphir Taider.
Torino had won their last two visits to the Stadio Dall’Ara.
Joe Hart needed a sensational save in the opening minutes, as Marios Oikonomou’s header on a free kick was going in before he readjusted his position mid-air to parry with one strong hand.
Adem Ljajic curled his free kick over the wall and it dipped viciously, but Antonio Mirante palmed it out from under the bar.
It was Bologna who broke through, as Ladislav Krejci knocked down a Mattia Destro cross at the back post and Blerim Dzemaili was given far too much time to control and fire in from six yards.
Torino continued to prove utterly toothless in attack during the second half, badly missing the suspended Belotti.
Instead, Bologna scored with a classic counter, as Godfred Donsah surged forward and threaded through for Dzemaili’s angled drive, his second goal of the game.
Simone Verdi returned after three months out injured and immediately tried one of his trademark curlers, which Hart fingertipped over the bar.
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