Lecce had to play with 10 men for the final 16 minutes, but held out for a 0-0 draw with fellow relegation strugglers Bologna.
This was a true relegation dogfight and Serse Cosmi’s men had finally broken the Stadio Via del Mare curse in style, beating Inter last week for their first home win of the season. Julio Sergio and Andrea Esposito were out of action, but new arrival Valeri Bojinov was on the bench and Juan Cuadrado returned from his ban. Bologna missed Nico Pulzetti, Panagiotis Kone and Simone Loria for this trip, but were well-rested after Wednesday’s game with Fiorentina was snowed off.
Lecce’s last Serie A victory in this fixture was a decade ago, but after four minutes Guillermo Giacomazzi’s header whistled just over the bar.
Bologna almost took the lead with their first chance after 22 minutes, as a free kick was flicked on by Andrea Raggi right in front of goal, so Massimiliano Benassi had to readjust for a desperate save with his leg from point-blank range. The goalkeeper injured himself during that move and had to make way for Julio Sergio.
Luis Muriel should’ve given Lecce the lead at the dawn of the second half, but he burst forward and drew out the goalkeeper only to hit the side-netting from close range.
Moris Carrozzieri foolishly got himself sent off for a double yellow card, holding Marco Di Vaio’s jersey for quite some time only six minutes after his first booking.
Lecce had penalty appeals for a Gyorgy Garics challenge on Juan Cuadrado, while Archimede Morleo and Cuadrado got into a shoving match.
On 83 minutes Julio Sergio performed a desperate save with his outstretched foot on Robert Acquafresca.
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Sent off: Carrozzieri 74 (L)