Serie A Club of the Week – Bologna


Three teams managed to seize a shutout win in this round, two of them did it by scoring multiple, Inter and Bologna, but Felsinei had by far the most influential success over the weekend, which allows them to get the nod over Juventus, who had the best showing overall but ruined the fantasy haul by conceding.

The Felsinei were coming off three straight losses against Roma, Juventus and especially Udinese, which had kept in third-to-last position. Sinisa Mihajlovic picked Blerin Dzemaili over Andrea Poli in the midfield and quickly lost Federico Santander because of a bruised shoulder and he was replaced by Riccardo Osolini, with Rodrigo Palacio used as false-nine. Before subbing off, El Ropero had the first chance of the game with a flying deflection on a Mitchell Dijks cross, but it was saved.

The offensive woes of the home were on display in the first half, when they were unable to generate good chances despite the Sardinians having no interest in attacking. As it often the case in this kind of matches, an episode broke the deadlock and in this occasion it was a handball by Filip Bradaric in the box on a cross by Orsolini. Erick Pulgar drilled the penalty by picking the last possible moment to direct the shot and wrong-foot Alessio Cragno.

The guests finally woke up, but Joao Pedro hit the crossbar with a header and, on a similar attempt in the second half, he was denied by a superb one-handed save by Lukas Skorupski. Bologna squandered an excellent chance with Orsolini, who shot it too weakly all alone in front of the goalie.

However, few minutes later, at the 77th one, Nicola Sansone powered past the opponents on the left flank, sent in a square ball that found Roberto Soriano, who sidestepped a defender and knocked it on goal. The Emilians were then able to manage the remaining playing time with ease.

They stay in the 18th spot and therefore would go down if the season ended today, but they gained two points over SPAL, which are now within striking distance, and Udinese, which are at +4.

They were able to pick up points on both sides of the ball thanks to the clean sheet and the two goals: Erick Pulgar led the team with nine, followed by Skorupski, who put his stamp on the win and amassed seven, and Roberto Soriano, who obtained six. Both he and Pulgar had yet to net one this season. The rest of the defenders, Lyanco, Dijks, Ibrahima Mbaye and Danilo earned five, while the midfielders Mattias Svanberg and Riccardo Orsolini got two for the clean sheet, like Sansone for the assist. Dzemaili was the only one to get booked.

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