Roma self-destructed in spectacular fashion, as they fumbled a 2-0 lead only to see Bologna win 3-2 at the Olimpico!
Zdenek Zeman’s expression never changes, but the Giallorossi were brimming with enthusiasm after an impressive victory away to Inter. Francesco Totti and Federico Balzaretti shook off knocks to start, though Pablo Daniel Osvaldo sat out a ban, Daniele De Rossi, Michael Bradley, Dodo and Bogdan Lobont were unavailable. Bologna had lost both opening games to Chievo and Milan, so the situation was tense for this trip to the Olimpico.
Roma broke the deadlock after just six minutes when Totti unleashed a rocket that smacked off the woodwork into the path of Alessandro Florenzi to nod in the rebound from 12 yards. It was his second in as many games after the Under-21 international netted against Inter.
Totti had a similar shot to the goal, this time stinging Federico Agliardi’s palms, as it was one-way traffic in Rome.
Erik Lamela released a precise yet powerful left-foot snooker-shot from outside the area that went in off the inside of the far post.
Maarten Stekelenburg was finally tested after 26 minutes by Archimede Morleo and Destro had a goal ruled offside set up by Tachtsidis.
Bologna increased the pressure with Alessandro Diamanti’s free kick and some chaotic defending from a throw-in. Diamanti also skimmed the bar after shrugging off two challenges.
Stefano Pioli was not happy and made two midfield substitutions at the break and a desperate Marco Motta sliding tackle stopped Destro turning in Lamela’s assist. From that corner, Agliardi needed a great save to flap Destro’s header off the line.
Totti hit the woodwork again on 55 minutes, this time with a header that thumped the post.
Gilardino was more accurate, as he peeled away from his marker on the edge of the six-yard box and placed a looping header into the far top corner to get Bologna back into it.
Incredibly, less than 60 seconds later the Rossoblu equalised! They wiped out a 2-0 gap in just over a minute, as Diamanti burst into the area and his shot into the ground bounced to leave Stekelenburg stranded.
Roma were stunned into silence, but had taken their foot off the pedal in this second half. They tried to push, but instead left gaps at the back and were caught out on the counter-attack!
Stekelenburg fumbled a Gyorgy Garics cross while colliding with Nicolas Burdisso, allowing Gilardino to tap into an empty net in the final minute!
Totti’s header was brilliantly parried by Agliardi in stoppages of a dramatic and bizarre match.