Granata ahead with Pirola, Ferguson equalised, in the second half the home side got a new advantage with Dia and in the 73rd minute Lykogiannis’ final 2-2 goal. Arnautovic remains on the bench, then comes on and gets injured
March 18 – Salerno
A 2-2 with many things in it: four goals, referee doubts, two injuries (Mazzocchi and Arnautovic who were only able to play 15′ after so much bench work), even tense moments and above all the will on the part of the two coaches to always want to depth and victory. Salernitana and Bologna take a small step after the draws against Milan and Lazio, a small step that has highlighted an increasingly leading Candreva and a Kyriakopoulos (two assists) increasingly inserted into Motti’s mechanisms. Goals from Pirola, Dia, Ferguson and Lykogiannis gave a pyrotechnic sense in a match that Bologna led in the first half and Salernitana in the second half.
Paulo Sousa has the double Candreva-Kastanos device behind Dia, in the middle is directed by Bohinen, behind is the trio made up of Daniliuc, Gyomber and Pirola: practically the same team that drew at the San Siro against Milan. Even Thiago Motta doesn’t make any changes despite the tests on the eve and essentially confirms the team that drew against Lazio: still no Arnautovic (third bench in a row) and Barrow starting as a centre-forward. And Medel isn’t there either, ditto like Arnautovic. Salernitana strikes immediately: there is a shot by Dia in the 4th minute and then the lead in the seventh, following a corner kick (which doesn’t come, badly the assistant Lombardo) with an assist from Candreva for Pirola, at first goal in Serie A. Arechi celebrating but Bologna don’t throw themselves down: attack on the left side, Kyriakopoulos puts it in the middle for Ferguson who makes the right move by anticipating Pirola and displacing Ochoa for the 1-1 after a dozen minutes. There is an arm shot by Cambiaso (but in a reasonable position) in the 17th minute: no penalty but the former Genoa player is forced off due to injury, with Lykogiannis in his place. Moro has a very rare occasion on which Gyomber makes a huge save (21′), then tries again shortly after and from the following corner an episode takes place that Pairetto does not consider a penalty: Ferguson and Bradaric run on the ball from the left and hold back the Scotsman risking very much. The referee awaits the “vision” of Var Valeri but, considering the intensity of the contact (high), decides not to give a penalty which could have been there instead. Moral of the first half: after the first 10′ grenade, Bologna took the breath, self-esteem and field away from a Salernitana who little by little became matted until they only touched the offensive phase on two occasions.
It is precisely for this reason that Paulo Sousa calls for the double substitution: inside Vilhena and Piatek, the Pole immediately shows himself with a diagonal that (rightly) Skorupski baptizes out in the 16th minute of the second half. Bologna warms up Orsolini and Arnautovic: they both enter but not before a corner kick that brings Salernitana back into the lead (19′ st), Dia’s shot and Schouten’s deflection for the new grenade lead. Nine minutes after the 2-1 for the grenade, Bologna arrives on an equal footing with the Greek track, a corner from Kyriakopoulos (second assist) and a punch from Lykogiannis to anticipate Piatek. Two by two in the middle of the second half and the balance becomes a utopia: both Sousa and Motta look for depth but then Thiago has an obligatory substitution because Arnautovic insistently touches his right ankle and so Sansone enters for the Austrian when initially it seemed he was going to take Ferguson’s place. In the final, Paulo Sousa closes with Piatek as first striker and Dia plus Botheim as support; Motta with trident. Not a bad match, absolutely not bad: in the end the two teams split each other but Bologna had the ability to react and Salernitana the idea of having a lot to say.
March 18, 2023 (change March 18, 2023 | 20:08)
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