Bologna utterly dominated this match and rattled the woodwork twice, but Genoa somehow held on to a point.
Although he took them to safety, Davide Ballardini was facing the very real possibility he’d be replaced on the Genoa bench this summer. He made this potentially final trip without Andreas Granqvist, Juraj Kucka, Francelino Matuzalem, Marco Rossi, Cesare Bovo, Ruben Olivera and Damiano Ferronetti. Bologna welcomed back Alberto Gilardino, Diego Perez and Panagiotis Kone from suspension, though Gianluca Curci, Niccolo Cherubin, Mikael Antonsson and De Carvalho were still sidelined.
Dejan Stojanovic beat away an early Marco Borriello snapshot, then Antonio Floro Flores failed to make the most of a defensive error, as he was not expecting Fredrik Sorensen to let the long ball through.
Alessandro Diamanti’s shot was deflected into the path of Gilardino, who tried to volley in and found another deflection in a chaotic move.
Kone thought he had given Bologna the lead with a sensational volley from 10 yards, but it was correctly ruled offside.
Stojanovic flew to palm a curling Floro Flores free kick out of the near top corner, but Kone was very unlucky again, as he chested down a pass to smash a fierce half-volley on the spin that cracked against the crossbar.
Daniele Portanova’s shinned attempt to clear a Saphir Taider shot almost turned into an own goal, while Antonio Donnarumma smothered a powerful Diamanti set piece.
Portanova used himself as a human shield to charge down a Lazaros Christodoulopoulos strike, Kone’s overhead kick wasn’t far off target and a Diamanti angled drive whistled wide.
After the restart, debutant Donnarumma denied another Diamanti free kick and had his gloves stung by a powerful Christodoulopoulos snapshot.
Bologna were starting to think the goal was cursed, as Donnarumma fingertipped a Diamanti free kick on to the crossbar – the second time they had rattled the woodwork in this game.
A Rene Krhin angled drive flashed inches wide and a scuffle broke out between Davide Moscardelli, Diamanti and Marco Borriello.
It was one-way traffic, but somehow Bologna failed to score, as Moscardelli volleyed inches wide from six yards after exchanging passes with Kone.
In stoppages Diamanti was stretchered off in agony, as he fell badly on to his arm and an opponent accidentally trod on it.