The Emilia-Romagna Derby went to Parma, who fought back from a goal down to take the victory at the Stadio Dall’Ara.
This is a huge rivalry between the biggest cities in the region and a relegation dogfight to boot. Bologna’s confidence received a massive boost by beating Napoli twice in the last week, conquering the San Paolo both in Serie A and the Coppa Italia. Parma also got back on track by crushing Cagliari 4-1 to end a run of two straight defeats, but had managed only one point from their last four away games.
The home side missed Nico Pulzetti, Michele Pazienza, Henry Gimenez and Cesare Natali. The Ducali had to do without Daniele Galloppa, Aleandro Rosi, Antonio Mirante and the suspended Gabriel Paletta.
Parma last won this fixture back in 1998, followed by four draws and six defeats.
A missile of an Alessandro Diamanti free kick from distance flew over the bar, while Massimo Gobbi was crucial in preventing Manolo Gabbiadini’s tap-in from a corner.
Nicola Sansone stung the goalkeeper’s palms from distance, as did Jonathan Biabiany. However, Bologna broke the deadlock on 54 minutes. The ball came off the upright and the move continued until Frederik Sorensen smashed in fron nine yards.
The lead didn’t last long, as Jaime Valdes unleashed a screamer from distance into the far top corner to put Parma back on level terms after just a couple of minutes.
Sansone turned the game around completely when Gobbi nutmegged Safir Taider down the left and crossed for the Under-21 international’s well-taken volley. However, Sansone was booked for unsporting behaviour, as he celebrated by shouting something in Diamanti’s face. Coach Roberto Donadoni also substituted the player and gave him a talking-to.
Diamanti forced a difficult save at the near post and a fierce long-range free kick from the ex-Premier League man scraped a coat of paint off the upright.