With an injury-ravaged squad, Paulo Sousa was somewhat hamstrung in terms of team selection. And against a Roberto Donadoni coached and Pantaleo Corvino-constructed squad, that's a dangerous position to be in.
The first half was an open and slightly frantic affair. Fiorentina controlled the pace, with Cristian Tello and Federico Bernardeschi looking very threatening out wide. Bologna looked to hit quickly through their front three, with Mattia Destro the main dangerman. Both sides had good chances, and Ciprian Tătăruşanu was forced into action a bit too often.
Matías Fernández continued his year to forget, picking up a quick booking in the 47th minute and then getting his second in the 57th for an obvious shirt pull at the edge of the box. Unlike the Fiorentina we've grown accustomed to, though, this team fought back, with Berna popping up to sidefoot home a Tello cross in the 59th minute. Props to Nikola Kalinic for finding Tello, then making an excellent run to bring the entire defense with him and make space for the goalscorer.
It was too good to last, as Bologna equalized just 4 minutes later. Godfred Donsah darted into the box and centered to Emanuele Giaccherini, who rolled it into the corner of the goal from the penalty spot.
Fiorentina provided a bit of a goal threat for the rest of the game, but Tătăruşanu was the star for the remainder for the remainder of the game, denying a number of shots to preserve the draw.
Spoils shared is probably a fair reflection of the action in this one. Credit to Sousa and his charges for keeping their heads up while a man down and trying to win; bringing on Mauro Zárate for Tello was a brave move. Still, a bit more composure from Mati will leave la Viola ruing what could have been an important three points.