Bologna pushed past Fiorentina 2-0 with Alessandro Diamanti and a spectacular Gaston Ramirez backheel flick, but Ruben Olivera saw red.
This Week 21 game was originally snowed off on February 1, but the wave of arctic weather has now left Italy. Valon Behrami joined Houssine Kharja, Manuel Pasqual and Per Kroldrup on the treatment table, though Andrea Lazzari returned from suspension. Bologna were still buzzing from the weekend’s amazing 3-0 victory away to Inter.
Stevan Jovetic had the first real chance with a fierce right-foot strike from the edge of the box that skimmed the upright to Jean-Francois Gillet’s left.
Juan Manuel Vargas claimed Marco Di Vaio had charged down his free kick with an arm, but the referee waved play on. Vargas also went on the counter only to fire well off target under pressure from Gaby Mudingayi.
Alessandro Gamberini was booked and will be suspended for Fiorentina’s game with Lazio at the weekend.
Gaston Ramirez horribly scuffed wide from a couple of yards when Di Vaio flicked on a free kick to the back post.
On 27 minutes Gillet had to be at full stretch to get his fingertips to an Amauri angled drive, which was then cleared off the line by Nico Pulzetti, after a wonderful backheel flick from Jovetic.
It was Bologna who took the lead on the half-hour mark with Alessandro Diamanti’s persistence. His first attempt was parried by Artur Boruc from a Di Vaio pass, but the former West Ham striker was quick to react and get back on his feet to find the right space and squeeze his finish between goalkeeper and near post.
Moments later Amauri almost equalised, but his diving header was well beaten away by Gillet’s reaction save. Mattia Cassani pulled back from the by-line for Riccardo Montolivo’s angled drive to flash inches wide of the far stick.
For all their chances, Fiorentina couldn’t finish them off and Bologna could, going 2-0 up before half-time. Di Vaio ran to the by-line on the edge of the box and pulled it back for a spectacular Gaston Ramirez backheel flick at the near post to stun Boruc. It was a magnificent strike from the young South American.
Things got even worse for Fiorentina after the restart, as Ruben Olivera got himself sent off for going elbow-first into the side of Diamanti’s head. It was a straight red card for the Uruguayan on his second appearance for the club.
Panagiotis Kone came off the bench and immediately nodded just wide of the near stick from Nico Pulzetti’s cross. Fiorentina posed barely any threat for the rest of the game and in fact Robert Acquafresca should’ve had a penalty when Lorenzo De Silvestri barged him in the back. Deep into stoppages, Gillet palmed away a deflected Jovetic daisy-cutter.
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Sent off: Olivera 49 (F)