About as dire as a half could be. Scoreless.
Stefano Pioli brought on Gil Dias at the half, and the Portuguese winger responded by switching play to Federico Chiesa in the 51st minute. Fede brought the ball down with a silky touch, lanced inside past two defenders, and struck a glorious curler that left Antonio Mirante rooted to the spot.
Not thirty seconds later, Fiorentina conceded as Rodrigo Palacio latched onto a Saphir Taïder through ball from the kickoff and thumped one home past Marco Sportiello after shrugging off Davide Astori.
Saphir Taider gets an assist for Bologna in Serie A, setting up Palacio vs Fiorentina. pic.twitter.com/bvDZ3XgDwn— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) September 16, 2017
Germán Pezzella restored the lead with a thunderous header off of a Cristiano Biraghi corner at 69’, though, and the Viola held on for the full 3 points.
Goals: Chiesa 51’ (ass. Dias), Pezzella 69’ (ass. Biraghi), Palacio 52’ (ass. Taïder)
Cards: Badelj 16’, Palacio 9’, di Francesco 28’, Helander 76’