Roma continued their fine form by conquering Bologna’s Stadio Dall’Ara with Rodrigo Taddei and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
The Giallorossi hoped to continue on the wave of enthusiasm that saw them hold Juventus and win away to Napoli. Miralem Pjanic returned from suspension, so the only absentees were Fabio Borini, Simon Kjaer, Marco Cassetti and Nicolas Burdisso.
Francesco Totti’s shot stung Jean-Francois Gillet’s palms, though Alessandro Diamanti blasted just over with his left foot after a strong counter.
It was Roma who took a deserved lead when Totti’s free kick was cleared to the edge of the box for Rodrigo Taddei’s volley from the edge of the box. It flashed all the way across the face of goal and Gillet got a hand to it, but couldn’t keep the shot out.
Marco Di Vaio just failed to get on the end of a long Diamanti pass that Gabriel Heinze had let through, while Gillet denied a Fabio Simplicio snapshot.
Roma dominated possession, as was expected, and doubled their lead when Erik Lamela spread for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo’s fierce shot across the face of goal into the far corner.
Bologna boss Stefano Pioli changed two men at half-time, introducing Gaby Mudingayi and Henry Gimenez.
Gillet flew to palm away a Totti curling free kick after the restart, while the goalkeeper also denied Lamela’s strike at the end of a good passing move. Totti’s powerful header whistled wide from Osvaldo’s cross, but Maarten Stekelenburg also had to make a save on Diamanti’s left-foot curler.
In the final stages, Daniele Portanova was shown a straight red card for insulting the referee, though he insisted the slur was aimed at Totti.
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Sent off: Portanova 77 (B)