The first, crazy match of the 5th matchday of Serie A between Bologna and Genoa it ended 2-2. A point each for the two teams that came from their respective defeats against Inter and Fiorentina. It all happens in the second half: Hickey signs the lead of the hosts with a trip in the 49th minute which also represents his first goal in A. A Scotsman did not score in the Italian top flight from Graeme Souness’s goal in January 1986. Right replica of the head in the 55th minute, but the real twists come in the final minutes. Two penalties between 85 ‘and 89’: from 11 meters they make first Arnautovic then Criscito. At the last moment before the triple whistle, after the expulsion of Mihajlovic for protests, Sirigu saves Ballardini with yet another parathon of the evening on Soriano.
Fares immediately touches the goal, Arnautovic tries on a free kick
Genoa starts strong: immediately a chance for Fares, entered the area from the left. The exterior tries to surprise Skorupski, which, on the other hand, is ready. Bologna’s response comes with Arnautovic, whose powerful conclusion is blocked by the host defense. The pace is high, but the match does not unlock and up to half an hour of play there are overturns in front that do not lead to sensational scoring opportunities. Dominguez becomes the first yellow card of the match for a too hard intervention against Right. Al 37′ Badelj gives the hosts a free kick from the edge: he beats Arnautovic, but the shot slightly inaccurate. Bologna very dangerous in the final minutes of the first half, apart from the admonition of Fares but he gets nothing else.
First goal for Hickey, Destro replies, then Arnautovic and Criscito on a penalty
The second half begins with a change for Genoa: inside Behrami is out Rovella. He thinks about unblocking the result Hickey al 49′ with a violent left foot from outside the box: first goal in A for the Bologna full-back who signs the1-0. The home side’s advantage did not last long, and in the 55th minute suffered a draw by Right, who heads Skorupski with a cross from Criscito. The match becomes nervous and yellow cards fly: Destro is booked in 4 ‘, Bonifazi e Behrami. Al 62′ Skorupski makes an amazing save, denying the brace to Destro. Swirl of changes: Portanova, Vignato, Skov Olsen e Pandev take over Fares, Orsolini, Barrow and Hernani. At 71 ‘too Hickey tries the encore but finds Sirigu on his way. On the next reboot Average he is forced to get a caution to stop Kallon. The excellent interventions of the extreme defenders continue: Sirigu is still decisive on De Silvestri at 77 ‘. Latest changes: Ghiglione, Vanheusden, Sansone and Dijks enter in place of Cambiaso, Bani, Svanberg and Hickey. The goal of Bologna’s victory comes in the 85th minute, when Arnautovic transforms the penalty caused by Vanheusden on Samson. But that’s not all, because two minutes after the first the referee concedes another penalty kick, this time to Genoa for a push from Bonifazi to Kallon. Criscito from 11 meters displaces Skorupski and fixes the 2-2 the final. In the 5 ‘of recovery Mihajlovic sent off for protests. Bologna tries with anger until the last moment: Skov Olsen with his head hits the crossbar, the ball returns to the field, useful for Soriano who thought he had already scored but hadn’t come to terms with a super Sirigu, who saves Ballardini and gives him a point. The hosts fly so to 8 points in the standings, while guests go up to 4.
BOLOGNA-GENOA 2-2: TABLE AND STATISTICS
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