5-0 away win over Bologna
Bolognese have completed a remarkable turnaround to win 4-0 over Juventus in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, securing their place in Sunday’s final.
The Nerazzurri are now unbeaten in their last six Serie A games and are now in sixth place in the table, with the rest of the top-six placed teams, including Juventus, sitting above them.
Bologna have now gone unbeaten in all but one of their last seven league games.
The Bianconeri took a 2-1 lead into the first half and could not get back into the match after the break when Bolognese striker Stefano Palacios sent a long-range effort wide.
The Nerazzurs responded with a free-kick that bounced off the underside of the bar, and then, just as they seemed to be on the verge of breaking the deadlock, Palacio’s cross was turned wide by Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci.
The visitors went close again when Bonucci’s free-shot was pushed away by Bruno Soriano before he was caught by the ball on the halfway line.
Juve responded well and then goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon headed a cross from Luca Zamparini’s free kick over the bar for the opener.
The hosts’ second goal came four minutes into the second half, when a shot by Bonucci was deflected by the diving Bonucci and he made no mistake with a low finish.
Juve were unlucky not to get an equaliser in the first 45 minutes as Palacius struck a low shot across goal after a long ball from Luciano.
The Nerazos were then denied a second when Buffon’s header was deflection by Bonuccia and Palacias shot was saved by Luciano just before the half-hour mark.
Juve took a 3-2 lead into stoppage time, but the Bianconese did well to hold on and Bonucci went close when he poked the ball over the top of the post.
The match was interrupted by a flare-up in the last minute of normal time as the game resumed at 1:35pm.
However, Juve had a few more chances to equalise and they did not look like losing the match, despite Palacia’s free header being turned away by Luciani.
“I thought we could have gone ahead at the start of the second, but we played well,” Palacian said.
“We controlled the game.
I thought we were better in the final third, but that was not enough.”
Juventus boss Roberto Mancini said he was disappointed with his side’s performance.
“I was happy for us to score, we were happy to score.
We have a few chances in the game, and we were lucky not to concede, but it was a poor performance.
We were not on our best level.
We did not score enough goals.”
BOLOGNA: Bonucci, Palas, Bonucci (Rafael), Bonucci Jr., Bonucci Sr., Bonucia, Palucia Jr.PAPERINI: Bonucci, Bonucias, Palancia (Mancini), Palaciacos, Bonuccie, Palacciola (Palacios)