I hadn’t seen as much of Bologna as I’d have liked this season, so I was delighted to see them here – especially against a Latina side who I’d tried to watch a few times last year, but never quite got to.
So, what happened? Bologna took the lead early, a header from Greek defender (they do like a Greek player, Bologna) Oikonomou from a corner as he stretched almost every single nerve and sinew.
That lead looked likely to disappear towards the end of the half, as Abero pulled down Angelo at the byline, but Crimi’s low penalty saw Coppola do fabulously to get a hand on it and palm it round the post.
Bologna doubled their lead through Zuculini on 43 minutes, a rifled effort from the corner of the box.
The second half was a completely different story, though. Sforzini of Latina grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck, first squirming free with a glorious turn about 25 yards from goal, but failed to get a shot away when he broke into space. A few moments later, he found himself in the same spot but lashed an appalling swipe into the stratosphere.
Bologna were, by this point, trying to slow the game right down to take the sting out of it, but still pushing forward (although they were being particularly compact, there was still a point they’d got 8 men in the Latina half). Eventually, Sforzini got his goal and, rather ironically after all his good work earlier, it came from a chance from Doudou after the youngster’s shot rolled back off the post.
Sbaffo, another substitute flashed a ball across the Bologna box which was rather a warning shot across the bows, as he did exactly the same thing a moment later, which Sforzini headed wide.
Then came the most controversial moment of the game as Doudou saw goal disallowed for reasons that, even after ten or so replays, remained unclear.
That was the last real chance for Latina – save for a couple of comfortably saved last gasp efforts, though Bologna did have a decent chance to extend their lead as Robert Acquafresca found himself through on goal and unleashed a bullet from 20 yards.
It was a shot by Robert Acquafresca, though, so it went over. There was just time for Sbaffo to get sent off after utterly losing his head late in injury time.
Entertainment Value? 8/10