Italian Serie A, Lega Calcio – Bologna 2-1 Parma
Biabiany 23 (P), Di Vaio 39, 50 (B)
A red card proved decisive, as Bologna fought back to win the Emilia-Romagna derby with Marco Di Vaio’s double.
This was a local derby, but one that gave Parma the opportunity to send their local rivals closer to relegation. Bologna had lost four of their last five games and were only two points clear of Atalanta. Nicola Mingazzini and Roberto Guana missed out, while the visitors lost Luis Jimenez, Stefano Morrone, Damiano Zenoni, Alberto Paloschi and the suspended Alessandro Lucarelli.
Emiliano Viviano stuck out a foot to parry Valeri Bojinov’s strike, but Marcelo Zalayeta had a goal disallowed for an offside position.
Zalayeta knocked down a corner for Portanova’s fierce volley, bringing a great save out of Antonio Mirante.
Parma took the lead thanks to the blistering pace of Jonathan Biabiany. He sprinted past two Bologna players, leaving Lanna and Vangelis Moras behind to place an angled drive across Viviano. Lanna was tempted to barge him off the ball, but had only just been booked.
However, the Ducali were reduced to 10 men after Cristian Zaccardo clumsily clattered into Zalayeta, bringing him down when running clear on goal. It was particularly galling, as Zaccardo is a former Bologna player.
From that free kick Bologna thought they had equalised, but the whistle had already gone for a Portanova push when Marco Di Vaio tapped in the loose ball. It was a very controversial decision.
Bologna drew level with former Parma star Di Vaio. Antonio Busce’ did well to whip a low cross from the right and Di Vaio smartly flicked it just at the near post enough to beat Mirante.
The home side kept pushing, as Di Vaio skimmed the crossbar from the D and a brave Paolo Hernan Dellafiore tackle stopped Zalayeta tapping in, so Parma redesigned the squad with two substitutions before half-time.
One of the new entries, Lunardini, nearly scored for the Ducali straight away. His fierce right-foot screamer flashed past the post.
Bologna took the lead when veteran Di Vaio pounced on a dreadful defensive error from debutant youngster Gigli. The header back to his goalkeeper was far too weak and intercepted for a classic lob.
Mirante prevented another goal moments later by using his legs to parry from Martins Adailton, while he kept out Biabiany and Di Vaio’s sliding finish. The goalkeeper also did brilliantly to slap away a Pisanu backheel flick from point-blank range.
Both sides ended with 10 men, as Gaby Mudingayi was stretchered off 10 minutes from time after the substitutions had been completed.
Bologna: Viviano; Raggi, Portanova, Moras (Britos 78), Lanna; Buscè, Mudingayi, Casarini (Guana 62); Adailton (Pisanu 61); Di Vaio, Zalayeta
Parma: Mirante; Zaccardo, Paci (Lunardini 43), Dellafiore; Biabiany, Valiani, Galloppa (Lanzafame 85), Antonelli, Castellini; Crespo, Bojinov (Gigli 44)
Sent off: Zaccardo 29 (P)