Serie A Match of the Round – Brescia vs Bologna

No proper head-to-head clashes in this round, where Fiorentina-Juventus was the match with the highest profile but ended with in a zero-zero. It was instead goals galore in most of the other ones and in particular in Brescia-Bologna, which was the funniest contest out of the weekend.

The Rondinelle had collected three points thus far due to a road win in Cagliari and a loss to Milan, while the Felsinei were at four as they shared the spoils with Verona but then beat SPAL late. Eugenio Corini picked Alessandro Matri to partner Alfredo Donnarumma as Ernesto Torregrossa is hurt and put the newcomer Romulo in the hole replacing Nikolas Spalek. Sinisa Mihajlovic was back in the hospital for leukemia treatments this week and he and his staff chose Mattia Bani to replace the injured Danilo and Rodrigo Palacio to spearhead the attack.

The Lioness had a fantastic approach and struck first after ten minutes, as Donnarumma outjumped Stefano Denswil in the six-yard box on a Romulo lob and Lukas Skorupski did not manage to bat it away before it crossed the line entirely. The striker made it two-nothing nine minutes later, wiggling free in the left portion of the box following a set piece and curled it on the far post with ease.

The Rossoblù had looked lifeless but found a goal out of the blue as Nicola Sansone picked out Bani on a long free kick and the defender headed home as Jesse Joronen misjudged his timing. The lead swelled back to two goals before half time as Andrea Cistana shook off his man on a corner kick and beat the goalie with a forceful header.

However, the game turned right after half time, as Daniele Dessena got his second yellow card for a really silly dive and this awakened Bologna. Ten minutes later, Riccardo Orsolini sprung loose deep in the box and his square ball from the base line met Palacio for a tap-in. The guests equalized at the 59th minute, as after a Palacio header was saved by the goalie, Andrea Poli, Stefano Sabelli and Denswil all got to the ball and it was unsure who touched it last. It was credited to Denswil on the site, while the League ruled it an own goal.

The Felsinei completed the comeback with ten minutes to go, when Palacio again found Orsolini with a pass over the top and the winger volleyed it through from close range. Bologna move up to seven points, joining Juventus behind Inter in the standings, while Brescia are in 14th position.

A ripe contest fantasy-wise as Donnarumma picked up eight points for his brace, Orsolini and Palacio corralled six points for their goal-plus-assist performance, Sansone got two for his helper, Bani and Denswil just one as their side gave up multiple goals.

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