The former Lazio hitman denied Roma their first win of the season.
Both sides went into the game still in search of maximum points after having picked up one draw a piece in the opening fortnight of Serie A action.
The Giallorossi were ahead after just eight minutes when Marco Borriello broke through enemy lines and coolly slotted home with just the ‘keeper to beat. Despite the warm afternoon in the Italian capital, the temperature played little influence on the Lupi as the pushed forward with intent and dominated the visitors for the entire first period.
The Giallorossi doubled their lead when Matteo Rubin deflected the ball into his own net shortly before the hour mark. It proved a blow for the visitors who had looked like equalizing in the minutes prior. Marco Di Vaio shortened the distance late on as he burst past his marker and lofted a wonderful shot into the far corner.
In the closing minutes Di Vaio slotted home his second to rock the Olimpico crowd and rob Roma of their first win of the season. Bologna went home with a precious point and morale sky high following the manner in which they avoided defeat.
The home side started brightly and wasted no time in imposing themselves on the visitors who gifted space in midfield.
Borriello broke the deadlock on seven minutes when he slipped through Bologna lines and slotted home with ease to leave Emiliano Viviano nothing else but to pick the ball out of the back of the net.
Less than 60 seconds later Francesco Totti almost doubled the Lupi’s lead when he stuck with venom from 30 yards. ‘Il Capitano’ saw his effort come crashing off the crossbar and the Rossoblu looked rocked by the manner in which they were coming under fire.
On the stroke of half time Bologna went agonizingly close to equalizing when Daniele Paponi stuck the woodwork from three yards out. Roma left the field with their noses in front but following the late scare coach Claudio Ranieri still needed to remind his men to stay switched on at the back.
Bologna came out far more determined in the second period and they gave the Giallorossi an early scare as Di Vaio carved out two decent chances to level the scoring.
Roma doubled their lead however on 59 minutes when Rubin deflected Matteo Brighi’s headed effort into his own net. It was a heavy blow to swallow for the Rossoblu who had looked far more dominant in the minutes previous.
The Lupi again hit the woodwork minutes later when Guillermo Burdisso headed onto the far post following Totti’s well placed corner.
Di Vaio reopened the encounter on 76 minutes when he lofted a wonderful strike into the top corner over the outstretched arms of Julio Sergio.
Despite the late push from the visitors Roma held on for their first victory of the season a result that is worth far more than just three points given the tensions surrounding the side prior to kick off.
The win lifts the Giallorossi up to four points and back up the standings into the thick of the action. Bologna remain rooted down in 19th as they winless run continues.
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