The Rossoblu picked up an important win and dented the Rosanero’s Champions League ambitions in the process.
Bologna moved another step towards salvation thanks to a last minute victory against an unconvincing Palermo at the Stadio Dall’Ara.
During an entertaining opening period both side’s attacked freely with a high tempo. Despite the positive approach neither team was able to find any joy in front of goal with the shooting leaving a lot to be desired early on.
The visitors were reduced to ten men shortly before the hour mark when Santiago Garcia picked up his second yellow card for a foul on Gaston Ramirez. With a numerical advantage the Rossoblu pushed forward and were eventually rewarded when substitute Daniele Paponi headed home on the stroke of 90 minutes.
The game started with a technical problem as the floodlights temporarily went off causing an early delay just minutes after kick off.
Bologna burst forward in numbers once the game was resumed and Alberto Malesani’s men were in no mood to wait for the visitors as they went in search of an opener.
Palermo soon found their groove and were looking dangerous as Javier Pastore found space between the lines to serve Abel Hernandez on the break. The Uruguayan hitman had the chance to break the deadlock on the half hour mark but his effort was blocked by a dependable Emiliano Viviano.
After the break the Felsinei again enjoyed more of the possession but failed to penetrate as the Rosanero kept things well organised at the back.
Palermo handed the balance of the game over to Bologna shortly before the hour mark when Garcia picked up his second yellow card. The visitors were down to ten and the home side immediately looked to capitalise by throwing everything forward.
Bologna had a golden chance to break the deadlock on 68 minutes when Francesco Della Rocca found Di Vaio at the back post with a pinpoint cross. The Rossoblu captain made decent headed contact but his effort finished just over with the goalkeeper well beaten.
In the dying seconds substitute Daniele Paponi headed home in spectacular fashion to steal the points for the Rossoblu.
The win lifted Bologna one step closer to salvation and will be welcomed given the calibre of the opposition. Palermo’s Champions League ambitions took a knock and the Rosonero might have to reassess their ambitions following another lacklustre performance away from home.