Bologna and Roma share the spoils in six-goal thriller.
9′ [0 – 1] A. Florenzi
17′ [1 – 1] A. Gilardino
18′ [1 – 2] P. Osvaldo
26′ [2 – 2] M. Gabbiadini
54′ [3 – 2] C. Pasquato
74′ [3 – 3] P. Tachtsidis
Bologna and Roma shared the spoils after a six-goal thriller in which both sides spurned chances to snatch all three points at the death.
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Roma, who lost 3-2 to the same opponents in their previous meeting this season, were looking for the win that would have put them above AC Milan into sixth ahead of the Milan side’s trip to Atalanta.
But each time Zdenek Zeman’s visitors scored, Bologna came fighting back to level with four goals scored inside the first 26 minutes.
Roma snatched a ninth-minute lead through Alessandro Florenzi, who started and finished the move after running on to Francesco Totti’s through ball.
Eight minutes later Roma keeper Mauro Goicoechea parried a Manolo Gabbiadini shot with his outstretched foot and the ball fell into the path of Alberto Gilardino who slotted home to level.
Roma went back in front on 17 minutes when the Bologna defence left Pablo Osvaldo unmarked and free to head Miralem Pjanic’s cross past Federico Agliardi.
But nine minutes later Gabbiadini turned inside Nicolas Burdisso, spun and nutmegged the defender to see his shot slot into the bottom corner.
Bologna took the lead for the first time in the game on 54 minutes when Goicoechea parried a cross from Alessandro Diamanti, with Cristian Pasquato slotting home for a 3-2 lead.
Roma, however, levelled from a free kick when Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis slipped behind the hosts’ defence to plant a header past Agliardi.
Osvaldo spurned the chance to win it for Roma seven minutes from time when his downward header from Michael Bradley’s chip was expertly palmed away by Agliardi.
Diamanti then smacked an angled drive off the upright as Goicoechea stood beaten and rooted to the spot.
Napoli, in second, travel to Parma on Sunday hoping to reduce their six-point deficit to leaders Juventus, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Genoa on Saturday.
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