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Bologna 3-3 Fiorentina: Highlights

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Fun fact: Rodrigo Palacio had scored one goal this year until today.

Bologna FC v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

Pre-match

There weren’t any huge surprises from either side, although the Stadio Renato dall’Ara had taken a pretty good soaking—players wouldn’t stop slipping all over the place—and the wind created all kinds of problems for anyone trying to track a high pass.

First half

Dušan Vlahović slotted home a penalty for the third straight game after Adama Souamoro blocked an Erick Pulgar shot with his hand.

Retired Padawan Rodrigo Palacio equalized after latching onto a nice Emanuel Vignato through ball when the Fiorentina defense, astonishingly, switched off.

Second half

Lorenzo Venuti uncorked a very nice cross to the back post, where Giacomo Bonaventura had snuck past Matias Svanberg to meet it and turn it home on the slide.

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Vignato set up Palacio again, finding the old man’s late run with a neat cross and letting him glance the header home.

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Dušan, however, gave Palacio an Okay Boomer with his own brace, taking advantage of Łukasz Skorupski flapping at a corner to tap home (with his right) to retake the lead.

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And everyone in the stadium knew how Bologna would respond: Vignato found Palacio with a through ball after Nikola Milenković kept him onside.

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Full time

Goals: Palacio 31’ (ass. Vignato) 71’ (ass. Vignato) 84’ (ass. Vignato); Vlahović PK 22’ 73’ (ass. Pulgar), Bonaventura 64’ (ass. Venuti)

Cards: Souamoro 20’, Svanberg 47’; Milenković 75’, Igor 79’

What’s next

Vlahović now sits on 19 goals. That’s the most any Viola player has had in Serie A since Alberto Gilardino in 2008-2009; one more and he’ll be the club’s first 20+ scorer since Luca Toni battered in 31. On the downside, Fiorentina turn down a chance to pass Genoa in the standings and stay in 13th with 35 points. With Cagliari earning a draw at the death at Napoli, the relegation race remains very tight indeed. Bologna stay in 12th with 39 points.