Bologna hosted Hellas Verona in the final match of Serie A Week 3 on Monday night and it was an intense first half, where only the goals were lacking.
The home side eventually found a way through in the 78th minute when the ball ended up at Mattias Svanberg’s feet just outside the area.
The Swede smashed it into the bottom corner and deservedly gave Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men the lead and eventually the three points.
Gary Medel was playing at the back, despite his trip to South America for the World Cup qualifiers and Marko Arnautovic continued up front for the Rossoblu.
The Gialloblu arrived with Giovanni Simeone in attack, giving the former Cagliari striker his first start with the new colours.
But neither side managed to find the net in the first half, when Bologna seemed to have the upper hand. The desire was not lacking from either side, but the precision, however, was not on point.
Mattias Svanberg had a chance midway through the first half, before Kevin Bonifazi came close a few minutes later.
Musa Barrow had an effort heading for the top corner, but Lorenzo Montipò pushed it wide, before Simeone had his biggest chance right before half-time. The Argentine’s free header, however, went wide.
Bologna kept pushing for the opening goal in the second half and came close on a few occasions, whilst Simeone was stopped when he tried to skip the goalkeeper at the other end.
It was the home side who dominated in the second half, but Eusebio Di Francesco’s men didn’t give up on claiming a point in the third round.
Musa Barrow had a great chance midway through the half, but the former Atalanta man didn’t fully connect with the ball finishing wide from seven yards.
Svanberg eventually gave the home side the lead after 78 minutes, when Arnautovic did well to keep the ball inside the box and set up the 22-year-old Swede outside the area.
The missile in the bottom corner beat Montipò in the Verona goal and gave Bologna the lead with 12 minutes remaining of the game.
Verona tried to bounce back and the final minutes were intense at the Renato Dall’Ara, but Bologna came closest on two more occasions, one of them when Arnautovic skied the ball from just outside the six yard box.
After 96 minutes of stoppages and a brawl at the touchline started by Dominguez and Faraoni, the referee ended the match and Bologna picked up three points.
The unbeaten home side climbed to sixth in Serie A with another positive result, as Di Francesco suffered his third straight defeat in Bologna and Verona now sit second to bottom in the top flight.
Bologna 1-0 Hellas Verona
Svanberg 78 (B)