Serie A, Bologna-Empoli 0-1: Bandinelli ruins Thiago Motta’s debut in the rossoblù

First success in the league for Zanetti’s Tuscans, the midfielder’s goal was decisive

External shot of theEmpoli than on the seventh day of A league won 1-0 at Dall’Ara, ruining his debut on the bench of Bologna from Thiago Motta and winning the first win of the season in the league. Game from twice with the Tuscans close to the net on several occasions in the first half with Lammers and Satriano, but able to unblock it in the 75th minute after an abundant half hour of (sterile) control of Bologna. The three-point net bears the signature of Bandinelli with a winning tap-in after a rebound in the penalty area. Unlucky Rossoblù: pole of Arnautovic and cross of Zirkzee at the end.


If you can see the good moon from the very beginning, the course Thiago Motta at Bologna he certainly did not start with the favor of luck. In the internal defeat against theEmpoli the rossoblù put in their own, but the post and the crossbar hit after the disadvantage from Arnautovic and from Zirkzee they denied the Bologna the possibility of moving the ranking, giving the Tuscans their first success in the league.

The ninety minutes of the Dall’Ara have returned a battle in great segments with a clearly favorable start for Empoli, decided to take advantage of the red and blue settlement with the change of form set by Motta and the passage to 4-2-3-1, and a recovery in control for the hosts. In the first ten minutes Empoli had at least three big chances to unlock the match with Lammersfirst defused by Skorupski and then slow in taking advantage of the gift of Poschand with Satrianosent on goal by Cambiaso with an unfortunate but imprecise back pass in front of the Polish goalkeeper.

Once the initial fear passed, Bologna took control of the game with precise – but slow – game changes of Orsolini and Barrowhowever, ending up excluding a lot from the maneuver Arnautovic as much as Soriano, touching the advantage with Orsolini himself on a couple of occasions. Too little to break through the wall erected by Vicario and with the result of a tie brought forward to the bitter end, complete with a penalty not awarded by the Var for offside, the episode that changed the scenario arrived a quarter of an hour from the end: cross from the right of Henderson which resulted in a rebound in Skorupski’s low hold and a 0-1 tap-in by Bandinelli with an empty door.

The last 15 minutes have not returned as much positivity to Bologna, on the contrary. At 77 ‘on the developments of the corner Arnautovic he hit a sensational post, bleeding himself in contact with the ball; at 91 ‘it was instead the crossbar that denied the first Italian joy a Zirkzeealways from a corner.


Orsolini 5.5 – Thiago Motta brings him back wide to the right in the three behind the striker entrusting him with the task of giving quality to the maneuver in the last meters. He plays a lively game, but too imprecise in the decisive area of ​​the field both with the conclusions and with the possible assists.

Arnautovic 5.5 – Stops the streak of consecutive goals with a colorless performance up front. The change of form modifies his tasks and movements, defusing him in search of combinations with the three attacking midfielders. The opportunity comes from a corner kick, but the ball hits the post.

Bandinelli 6.5 – His is a heavy goal and came in a prolonged period in which Empoli was just defending. Insertion of opportunities and sense of the goal that saw him on the second consecutive goal.

Vicar 6.5 – Celebrate the call-up to the national team with another over the top performance. Attentive also in both high and low exits.


Bologna (4-2-3-1):
Skorupski 6.5; De Silvestri 6 (12 ‘st Kasius 5.5), Posch 5, Lucumì 5.5, Cambiaso 5; Medel 6 (33 ‘st Aebischer 6), Schouten 5.5 (33’ st Vignato 6); Orsolini 5.5 (43 ‘st Zirkzee sv), Soriano 5.5 (12’ st Dominguez 6), Barrow 5; Arnautovic 5. Available: Bardi, Bagnolini, Bonifazi, Lykogiannis, Sosa, Ferguson, Moro. Coach: Motta 5.5.
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicar 6.5; Stojanovic 6, Ismajli 6.5, Luperto 6, Parisi 6.5; Haas 6 (33 ‘st Pjaca 6), Marin 5.5 (20’ st Grassi 6), Bandinelli 6.5 (33 ‘st Fazzini 6); Bajrami 5.5 (20 ‘st Henderson 6); Lammers 5, Satriano 5.5 (12 ‘st Cambiaghi 6). Available: Perisan, Ujkani, Walukiewicz, Ekong, Degl’Innocenti, Cacace, de Winter. Coach: Zanetti 6.
Referee: Foxes
Markers: 30 ‘st Bandinelli
Ammonites: Kasius, Dominguez (B); Grassi, Henderson, Fazzini (E)
Expelled: nobody


• Filippo Bandinelli has already scored the same number of goals (two) in all 35 games last season.

• First away goal in Serie A career for Filippo Bandinelli, after all three previous ones had been scored at Castellani.

• Empoli won their second away match against Bologna in Serie A, the first being on 19 December 2015 (3-2).

• Filippo Bandinelli was the Empoli player to have created the most chances (three) and to have made the most shots on goal (two) against Bologna.

• Fabiano Parisi is the youngest player to have started in all the games of this league.

• This is Lukasz Skorupski’s 150th appearance with the Bologna shirt in all competitions: 146 in Serie A and four in the Italian Cup.

• The last time Bologna had achieved a single Serie A victory after their first seven league games was in the 2015/16 season.

• It was from 21 November 2021 (22 v Venice) that Bologna had not made at least 14 shots without hitting the goal in a Serie A match.

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Serie A, Bologna-Empoli 0-1: Bandinelli ruins Thiago Motta’s debut in the rossoblù

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